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Google car not so near?

November 17, 2014

The prototype Google cars do not demonstrate what is required for a true autonomous vehicle. They rely on detailed maps for the terrain they navigate, rather than interpreting the terrain’s features in real-time. That last seems to me essential. Though I disagree with the article that a fully autonomous vehicle must be able to deal with the bizarre — human drivers don’t do that well. But it has to be able to recognize stop lights without foreknowledge of where they are. Is it harder to recognize traffic signals than faces? Has Google hired AI experts for their next gen effort? Time will tell.

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