All you AI fans - prepare to amaze...
There is a lot going on in the world of self-driving cars, etc. In fact there was a competition on a Dutch motorway at the 28th of May. ("Grand Corporate Driving Challange" - an EU project")
Researchers from Chalmers University of technology presented their self-driving truck there.
The project team approached this truck by thinking of it as a completely new type of vehicle. Other than in most self-driving vehicles, they thought about an other way of programming the truck.
The "common way" is to program as many scenarios as possible and implement a behaviour every time. The vehicle then searches with an intelligent algorithm for the needed scenario.
But there can be problems with that approach: mathematically speaking the possibility of a scenario not being found by the vehicle and cause an accident is there.
This time the researchers started off another way:
They thought of the truck as an organism: they programmed a specific behaviour (like a dog). The truck then learns with every opportunity how to react appropriately.
We humans do this the same way: we also have our own behaviour, values, etc. On basis of these we then decide to act in a specific way. That's how the team wants to avoid accidents. I am thrilled for their next achievement.
The video below doesn't show much. But read the source article if you are interested... ;)
Chalmers University of Technology. "Self-driving truck acts like an animal." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525084545.htm (accessed June 2, 2016).