Musings tagged as ai

Skynet: 1 - Humans: 0

Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Congratulations! You are the first human to be killed by a self-driving Uber car. I mean, you were just crossing the street and now you’re dead but hey, a record’s a record.

I still can not believe they actually allow these piles of junk on public roads. Will be interesting to see who gets the blame. Poor woman though :/

Update: The police chief involved in the investigation has stated that Uber is not to blame because it happened during low-light conditions in the evening and

it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway

Came from the shadows? Those self-driving cars use, among other sensors, a combination of LIDAR and RADAR (Here’s a nice overview). Both systems do not give a shit about low-light conditions or shadows. That is exactly what they are made for!

Two words: BULL-SHIT!

Oh, and another statement from the police chief:

I won’t rule out the potential to file charges against the (backup driver) in the Uber vehicle

There’s nothing like the good old pawn sacrifice.

Update (again): There is a video that has been released by the police, showing the external and internal cameras up to the point of the crash.

While the safety driver apparently looks down and not on the road, the exterior view clearly shows a slow walking woman coming from the left of the lane. So she was out in the open on the tarmac. Essentially at the same position as an oncoming vehicle, right before she stepped on the lane the car was driving on.
If your RADAR and LIDAR systems can not pick that up then you should look for a different job. And once again: Neither RADAR nor LIDAR give a shit whether it is dark or not! They do not operate in the visible spectrum of light.