Keep your Sensors on the Wheel

  • EM Quantum Technology
Moving forward sometimes involves stepping backwards. On March 25, 2017 Uber decided to suspend its driverless car trial after an accident with another vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. The crash involved a woman in a Honda CR-V and a self-driving Uber car, after a poor decision by the human driver. When technology intersects with technology, the outcome in a controlled environment has a predictable finish. However, when human beings cross paths with technology, the outcome is anything but predictable, since humans don’t always follow the rules and have selfish motivations. So, it’s back to the drawing board for Uber!
This suspension is not a major obstacle for the likes of Uber or Google. In reality, truly autonomous vehicles have a long way to go. It may be years, or even decades, before software technology can give us a truly driverless automobile. The timeline also depends on your definition of autonomous. Your definition could involve a car with no steering wheel or pedals of any kind. Maybe you visualize a vehicle that can drive both day and night, in heavy traffic, on the highway and in extreme weather conditions. Many nuances still have to be addressed. The big league car builders have many levels in their definitions of an autonomous vehicle. Laws and regulations also vary with respect to driverless cars. California, for example, doesn’t allow passengers in a driverless car. It takes time navigating the many issues that humans need to work through before a new idea can be accepted, be they political, financial, cultural or just plain fear. Moving ahead is not a linear process, and technology has its own timeline. EM Quantum, however, loves such an environment - the climate is rich with new coding ideas and problems to solve.