Thomas Gerlach wrote:
This problem has been solved already by Tesla. They have a YouTube video where the radar detects pedestrians and can easily identify cyclists in motion for sure. It's just a matter of optimizing the software behavior for it.
I'll bet Google's driving car already has solved this.
Uber will figure it out soon but it may take a bit of time. I don't think it's scary though I'll bet there is a clear driver alert to take over. Probably makes it safer actually.
No doubt in the future we will have this figure out. It is the transition period that scares me. All new 'things' need their kinks worked out.
Companies are taking very different approaches.
Google has legions of their little Waymo cars doing endless laps of Mountain View (and now Palo Alto). The cars are super-cautious, drive annoyingly slow, and brake at the most minor provocation. Google is interested in perfecting before expanding.
Apple is doing everything on a closed track....because at Apple everything must be secret.
Tesla is putting a 1/2-way technology in the car an leaving the discretion to the driver.
Uber is disregarding regulations and just putting their stuff on the streets in a fairly reckless manner (there's already a video of an Uber self-driving Volvo running a red light and almost taking out a pedestrian).
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