If you’re sitting around wondering why self-driving cars are not the norm yet, then you need to understand the real engineering challenges of accounting for edge cases. In this video, Scott Kubo shows up two examples of a corner case where radar cannot detect suddenly stopped traffic due to the curve of the highway and retaining wall.
Since totaling my car in an accident last December, my eagerness to get a self-driving car has only accelerated. Here’s an interesting look at the training data used to train these AIs and who generates them.
Autonomous cars are only as good as the human drivers they learn from — so the people who teach these systems how to drive need to be excellent drivers themselves. To get a look at what it takes to do this job, Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito recently joined two vehicle operators who work for self-driving car startup Aurora Innovation Inc. on a test drive in the chaos of downtown San Francisco. This is an episode of Next Jobs, a mini-documentary series about careers of the future.
Here’s an interesting look at “Data Labelers” and how cheap human labor could once again be China’s competitive advantage.
In order to avoid plowing into other cars or making illegal lane changes, they need a lot of help. In China, that help is increasingly coming from rooms full of college students. Li Zhenwei is a data labeler. His job, which didn’t even exist a few years ago, involves sitting at a computer, clicking frame-by-frame through endless hours of dashcam footage, and drawing lines over each photo to help the computer recognize lane markers.
TED-Ed has a great explainer video on LIDAR and its use in self-driving cars.
Lex Fridman of MIT demonstrates Driver Activity Recognition in a self-driving car by playing Black Betty on the guitar. Yes, you read that right. What a time to be alive, amirite?!
In this video summary, Elon Musk shares his vision of turning private cars into a fleet of self-driving taxis and a new income stream for Tesla owners.
The YouTube channel Like Tesla gets an early look at an as-of-yet unreleased version of a Tesla Model 3 with additional self-driving capabilities. When you see her call the car from her phone reminds me of watching Knight Rider when I was a kid, where Michael Knight would summon his car, KITT, with a call from his watch. What a time to be alive!
IGN test drives the latest update to Tesla’s Autopilot.
Does it get us closer to a self-driving world?
In this video, Seeker asks the question: “How closer are we to a self-driving world?”
Here’s an interesting video from CNBC on the rise (and economic impact) of self-driving trucks. They make many of the same points that I did in this DataPoint episode.