Why Not Just Retrain Pedestrians to Make Self-Driving Vehicles Safer?

By | August 17, 2018

  • August 17, 2018 at 9:48 am
    UW says:
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    20-30 years and they’ll never work as planned, just like I’ve been saying. The main place they would be beneficial-cities-they won’t ever work as advertised.

  • August 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    Captain Planet says:
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    They are already on the roads making deliveries. We have to address the exposure that currently exists and will only grow. This technology isn’t going away.

    • August 17, 2018 at 2:37 pm
      Agent says:
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      In a country of 300+ million, it will not ever work. Pedestrians with a cell phone married to their face have no clue and will step off a curb in front of traffic.

      How about you be the guinea pig and step off in front of an autonomous vehicle and see if it stops in time.

      • August 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm
        Dave says:
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        So a pedestrian with a cell phone steps out in front of you while driving. Perhaps you’re distracted, on the phone, dealing with GPS, changing the radio, conversing with one of your passengers? Who’s to say you will react any better or worse than the self driving car? If somebody with a cell phone steps in front of you, are you liable? can you be criminally prosecuted if you weren’t speeding? Do self-driving cars ever speed. I still don’t see how this is any worse than a human driver. Plus the self-driving will never speed, or drive drunk, or be distracted and is less likely to make bad decisions.

        • August 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm
          UW says:
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          Definitely one area these can be better than humans, and in many cars already are.

      • August 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm
        Captain Planet says:
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        Going on in your neck of the woods, Agent:

        https://www.wired.com/story/embark-self-driving-truck-deliveries/

    • August 17, 2018 at 4:23 pm
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      On the road, making deliveries, injuring and killing people, and damaging other cars and property. [Just thought I’d complete your sentence.] Typewriters went away when better technology replaced them. There’s no hurry for new technology when it doesn’t work as it should.

      • August 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm
        Captain Planet says:
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        I must challenge you and ask for source required as you make it sound like there is a large problem with people being injured and killed by autonomy. But, it sounds as though you agree, we need to address the exposure that exists today, right?

        • August 17, 2018 at 8:59 pm
          PolarBeaRepeal says:
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          One death by AI vehicle is a larg… hyuuuge problem. Don’t you value life?

          • August 17, 2018 at 9:24 pm
            Captain Planet says:
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            So, we agree, we must address this exposure. Is that too hard for you to admit?

          • August 20, 2018 at 8:12 am
            PolarBeaRepeal says:
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            I demand that AI cars be banned from public highways, and dry-docked until THOROUGH, UNBIASED testing is completed and ALL problems are corrected.

          • August 20, 2018 at 8:51 am
            Captain Planet says:
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            No one cares about your demands, Yogi.

          • August 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm
            Captain Planet says:
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            What I’m trying to say is, you can demand all you want but the exposure isn’t going away. It’s already present. So, we as an industry need to address it. You know, forward thinking. You can cry all you want, but these aren’t going back on the shelf. Does anyone know, is FM Global testing these at their facilities in Rhode Island or anywhere else, for that matter? That place is impressive!

          • August 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm
            PolarBeaRepeal says:
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            Pedestrians and their loved ones care a lot about my demands. None of them care about what you THINK people care about.

      • August 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm
        UnClear John Brennan says:
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        I read about a few deaths already, with limited numbers of AI cars. If you missed those stories, stop watching Fake News and read multiple sources. A good clearing house is Drudge.

  • August 17, 2018 at 1:53 pm
    Ron L says:
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    “Now [Ng] is saying that they will eliminate traffic deaths as long as all humans are trained to change their behavior? What just happened?” PLEASE TELL ME THIS LINE IS A JOKE..

    How can we possibly say that people need to CHANGE their behavior when they should have been following the laws in the first place?! These laws exist to keep people safe, and create some semblance of predictability for the driver to rely on in an effort to ensure that both the driver and pedestrians can coexist with as little conflict as possible.

    Would you say the burglar who is cut on a knife laying on your kitchen counter can continue to safely operate as long as we change how we decide to handle and store our cutlery? The answer is no, because the burglar is wrong in the first place, and breaking the law! I live in Arizona, and I feel that jaywalking is not only one of our bigger problems, but a cause of most likely 25% of all AZ traffic accidents.

    The behavior that needs to change is the arrogant, apathetic behavior of the entire population. If only 1% of Americans would follow the laws in existence, I would bet our accidental death rate would drop by half, if not more!

    • August 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm
      Agent says:
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      This whole story is a joke and it is not even April Fools.

  • August 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    R says:
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    Of course the answer is to build a wall or fence along every street to eliminate the ability to jaywalk. The only openings will be at designated cross walks.
    That is the only solution to keep the 5 year old chasing a ball into the street safe. Or to keep the cell phone obsessed user safe.
    Prevention through barriers.

    • August 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      Nope. That’s not the solution. But it sure isn’t retraining people because someone thinks that’s better than machine retraining or using no such machines.

      • August 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm
        Libertarian Agent says:
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        We live in the Matrix anyways…..so it doesn’t really matter.

        Another ***joke*** to be misconstrued.

        • August 20, 2018 at 8:14 am
          PolarBeaRepeal says:
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          I pay no ticket prices to Hollyweird movies, so I don’t understand your joke.

          • August 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm
            Captain Planet says:
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            MARCH 26, 2018 AT 11:08 AM
            PolarBeaRepeal says:
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            Don’t bother reading any of (Libertarian Agent’s) posts. You wouldn’t understand them. Stick to CONservative websites.

          • August 27, 2018 at 6:34 pm
            PolarBeaRepeal says:
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            Don’t read any cut-n-paste posts by non-thinking paste posters.

  • August 20, 2018 at 1:45 am
    James C. Walker says:
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    Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the years consistently show that in over 60% of the pedestrian fatality crashes – the pedestrian made a serious contributing error. Pedestrian safety requires responsible safety behavior from the pedestrian, as well as proper behavior from the vehicle.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

    • August 20, 2018 at 8:14 am
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      60% < 100%.

  • August 20, 2018 at 11:13 am
    Jack says:
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    Yep…we need pedestrian control. Background checks, ped education and a ped license? Or we could simply ban ped traffic? Lets make this about the childrens? You can get anything passed if it’s about the childrens. Don’t like it, you hate childrens. Works pretty good when you think about it.

    • August 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm
      Agent says:
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      Liberals would fund a mandatory Pedestrian Training program that will attempt to teach them not to step out into traffic with a cell married to their face. No telling how much that would cost.

  • August 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm
    Jestr says:
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    Will never work. We have on average one pedestrian killed each week from jaywalking. Usually homeless morons who think they own the road.

  • August 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm
    Melanie says:
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    Author, please correct the typo “Shuchisnigdha Deb, a researcher at [Missippi] State University’s…” The university is Mississippi State University. http://www.cavs.msstate.edu/directory/information.php?d=2754
    Thanks!



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