Toyota RAV4 Forums banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Your Humble Administrator
2008 RAV4 Limited V6
Joined
·
16,922 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Toyota investing $50M to research cars that can think for themselves - CNET

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- At a press conference this morning, automaker Toyota announced that it will be investing $50 million into establishing joint research facilities at Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to bring artificial intelligence technology to the road and into the home. The five-year collaboration will be coordinated by former Program Director for DARPA's (Defense Research Project Agency) Defense Sciences Office, Professor Gill Pratt.

Semi-autonomous technologies are already gaining prevalence in vehicles today -- from adaptive cruise control that can maintain a safe following distance behind a lead car to lane-departure prevention that can steer a vehicle to stay between road stripes -- but, according to Pratt, getting to this point in advanced driver aid development has been the easy part. The hard part, which Toyota hopes to work out with Stanford and MIT's help, is creating a smart machine that can not only react to stimulus, but can also make complex judgements about its environment and interact naturally and in concert with its human driver.

The automaker's representatives stated during a Q&A following the announcement that it doesn't necessarily equate artificial intelligence with autonomous driving, but that the two technologies are certainly linked. Autonomous cars, for example, will need an AI that can think its way through inaccuracies in map data or interactions with pedestrians. However, a vehicle with a human driver can still be enriched by AI.
Professor Daniela Rus of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Professor Fei-Fei Li, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) spoke in turn of their goals of "human centric" artificial intelligence.


Rus gives the example of a hypothetical vehicle AI that could recognize when the driver is in a foul mood and respond by playing their favorite album or by more closely monitoring that driver for aggressive or distracted behaviors. The future AI could also notice that the driver has forgotten to call their mother, respond with a reminder and even automatically take over with autonomous driving functions for the duration of the call should the driver seem distracted by the discussion. This car would have to be smart enough to know when to automatically intervene, and in some cases, know better than the driver does.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,505 Posts
You are a tech whiz, James. I am a retired whiz. We know, do we not, that it ain't gonna happen until they hack-proof the technology.

Imagine the hackers profiling driverless cars, targeting the wealthy and diverting them into a point of attack. Sure, that's a dire vision, but it's real. No?

In the future I imagine that a person who wants to pilot his own car would have to pass something like a pilot's exam and outlaw texting and phone communication while moving. Yeah, I am that mean! :)

On the positive side, it would keep people from off-roading without a clue.
.
 

·
Your Humble Administrator
2008 RAV4 Limited V6
Joined
·
16,922 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Right you are, Pico! This summer I've been watching Extant, a sci-fi show that is set in the near future. One of the main characters from last season was in a self driving car, and somebody hacked it, locked all the doors, and stopped it on a railroad crossing. Needless to say the guy was trapped inside and killed by the oncoming train. Meanwhile, the new character is an old fashioned guy who manually drives a vintage Jeep! I would probably be the old fashioned guy!

Oh, and Marty McFly traveled to the future and landed in October 2015. He found flying cars, hoverboards, and self driving taxi cabs. So it's only a month away!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,061 Posts
Toyota investing $50M to research cars that can think for themselves - CNET

Rus gives the example of a hypothetical vehicle AI that could recognize when the driver is in a foul mood and respond by playing their favorite album or by more closely monitoring that driver for aggressive or distracted behaviors. The future AI could also notice that the driver has forgotten to call their mother, respond with a reminder and even automatically take over with autonomous driving functions for the duration of the call should the driver seem distracted by the discussion. This car would have to be smart enough to know when to automatically intervene, and in some cases, know better than the driver does.

Certainly a hacker's delight! Will the AI system also remind drivers or ex-drivers when it is time for them to take a pee and/or c##p break? Apparently it will be able to take over control of a vehicle from a DUI, and might be able to drive better than 50% of the vehicle drivers here . . .
:surprise
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top