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Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 2) 259

by phantomfive (#48209403) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
Incidentally, the author may be confused, but Google themselves have confirmed that the car has problems in a number of scenarios, including:

The Google car doesn’t know much about parking: It can’t currently find a space in a supermarket lot or multilevel garage.
It can't consistently handle coned-off road construction sites, and
its video cameras can sometimes be blinded by the sun when trying to detect the color of a traffic signal.
it can't tell the difference between a big rock and a crumbled-up piece of newspaper

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 3, Interesting) 259

by phantomfive (#48209399) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Google's SDC has been tested thousands of times with a huge range of pedestrian scenarios. It may not be better than an alert and primed human, but it is almost certainly better than an average human,

I'd really be interested if you have a reference for this. Even if your reference is just a Google PR person, that's still better than nothing.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 2) 259

by phantomfive (#48209391) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Yes, the Google car can recognize a traffic light. TFA is written by a confused journalist.

If you're going to quibble about credentials, you ought to at least read the summary, where the MIT roboticist says he doesn't expect to see fully self-driving cars in his lifetime. Do you think he is confused too?

Comment: Some issues not mentioned in the summary (Score 2) 259

by phantomfive (#48209031) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
Here is a list of issues mentioned in the article, but not in the summary:

The Google car doesn’t know much about parking: It can’t currently find a space in a supermarket lot or multilevel garage.
It can't consistently handle coned-off road construction sites, and
its video cameras can sometimes be blinded by the sun when trying to detect the color of a traffic signal.
Because it can't tell the difference between a big rock and a crumbled-up piece of newspaper, it will try to drive around both if it encounters either sitting in the middle of the road.

Use a little imagination and you can surely think of other issues.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.

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