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Autonomous Vehicles Need Remote Human Supervisors To Assist Them, Claim Experts

The rise in demand for autonomous vehicles is one that has managed to successfully raise billions with a promise of safer, better, and more convenient modes of driving. But now, experts from the automobile industry want a change that has left quite a few startled.

A lot of people claim that robot drivers are great but they could be so much better with the addition of human supervisors. And that’s because they really do assist robotic drivers that happen to be in trouble.

The whole concept of vehicles controlled by robots and artificial intelligence has paved the way for huge amounts of research. There are studies that have been done in the past and more coming forward that highlight how human errors can be further reduced drastically when you’ve got autonomous vehicles in place.

This all comes with a catch because when you actually come to think of it, robots being safer than humans isn’t exactly accurate. Remember, robots lack that human instinct linked to making guesses and assessments of traveling on roads. And that’s especially true when there are cases related to unexpected accidents.

The CEO of General Motors was recently seen addressing a question related to the removal of human supervisors from operations of autonomous cars. He added that there is a certain level of assurance linked to human help overlooking the driving of robots so he didn’t see the point of eliminating that. And it’s interesting that this is the time that he’s actually acknowledged how imminent of a role humans have.

It’s like comparing human supervisors to air traffic controllers that may be located hundreds of miles away but continue to monitor a driver’s feed so well. And when chaos strikes, they can even step in and have the robotic drivers up and moving again. In case you didn’t know, AVs stop whenever they can’t seem to maneuver in times of crisis.

On the other hand, Waymo and Argo failed to respond to the question or even offer their comments on the same question. General Motors was seen updating their software system in a number of their vehicles when news broke out about a car crash due to a robot incorrectly predicting the front vehicle’s path. And in the end, it left two people injured.

But you also need to keep in mind that relying on humans as supervisors means you’re doubting technology. And 100% autonomous vehicles, although planned to make a debut soon, are well behind schedule.

In 2018, the American government gave GM the approval to have 100% autonomous cars that didn’t have any steering wheels, accelerators, or even a brake. It would be a part of the firm’s commercial ride fleet for the following year. But now, it’s stated that the model will arise in 2023.

In the same way, there was much anticipation about Elon Musk’s famous Robotaxis. But the firm’s own ‘full self-driving’ was immensely criticized as its vehicles weren’t seen as suitable to drive on their own without any form of human intervention behind the wheel.

An interview conducted in June saw the billionaire Tesla owner speak in detail about how the project of self-driving was much harder than his firm had anticipated. But when he was requested for a projected date, he felt it could be this year.

Needless to say, the undelivered promises linked to absolute autonomy are really paving the way for the AV industry. And if we don’t see them coming out with success in the next two years, then they just might exist in the end.


H/T: Reuters

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