Carnegie Mellon University

Hamerschlag Hall

July 11, 2019

Rajkumar quoted on the challenges of autonomous vehicles

Waymo has agreed to work with Renault and Nissan to research commercial and legal issues related to driverless transportation in France and Japan. These issues are only part of the challenges faced by autonomous vehicles. As technology experts have pointed out, teaching machines to understand nuanced aspects of human behavior and handle the subtleties of each culture’s driving mannerism is an even harder task. “In Pittsburgh, for example, we have something called a Pittsburgh left turn, and that’s the local culture,” said ECE’s Raj Rajkumar. “Boston has a driving culture where people double-park willy-nilly. Autonomous vehicles need to be taught to deal with all these situations.” Read more here.