Self-Driving Cars are Trained with Terrible Drivers

Posted by Peter Rudin on 14. April 2023 in News

Self-driving cars are taking longer to arrive on our roads. It turns out that putting cars on the road without drivers is a far more complicated endeavour than initially envisioned.

A research team from the University of Michigan recently had a novel idea: expose driverless cars to terrible drivers. They built a virtual environment filled with cars, trucks, deer, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Artificial-intelligence-based background agents are trained to validate the safety performances of autonomous vehicles in an accelerated episode for the development of better algorithms.

With a few more tools like this, perhaps self-driving cars will be here sooner than we are now predicting.


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