Yesterday, we talked bout AI being better at diagnosing cancer than a human doctor. Today, let’s talk about how it’s a better driver, too. I think it’s about time that our collective inferiority complex officially starts.
The statement by Chris Urmson, one of the engineers of the project, at a robotics conference in California, isn’t surprising in light of what we’ve been seeing from Google’s self-driving cars over the past few years.
But now they say they apparently have the data to back it up. And these days, data is boss, king, and God.
From the MIT Technology Review:
[Urmson] presented results from two studies of data from the hundreds of thousands of miles Google’s vehicles have logged on public roads in California and Nevada. One of those analyses showed that when a human was behind the wheel, Google’s cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply than they did when piloting themselves. Another showed that the cars’ software was much better at maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead than the human drivers were.
“We’re spending less time in near-collision states,” said Urmson. “Our car is driving more smoothly and more safely than our trained professional drivers.”
Google’s advances in this area are especially interesting against the backdrop of out usual transportation woes and headlines. Just yesterday, for instance, there was this report from the Los Angeles Times and a million other news sources, about state governments wanting to charge taxes per mile driven to make up for people buying less gas due to the economy and the prevalence of hybrids.
It’s like they don’t know the entire paradigm is about to change.
We write a lot on this blog about mobile technology…but, personally, this is the real mobile technology that gets me excited. I don’t ever want to have to drive again. Just ride.