06 Jan '15, 3pm

Car To Human: You Jerk!

Until our ever-smarter cars can finally take the wheel, the main problem will be to get them to cooperate with us—to sense our intentions, exploit our abilities, and anticipate our errors. Swedish researchers say they've made a step in that direction by explaining the longstanding problem of why people drive so jerkily . Until now, the consensus was that it had to do with our difficulties in tracking the road; the researchers say that it is better understood as a reaching problem. It turns out we human beings spend about as much time reaching for something close as for something farther away, going slow or fast as the case may be. It’s just the way we are. The result here is oversteering, usually a small annoyance but one that can mean danger, for instance when driving on icy roads. Ola Benderius, a doctoral student in machine and vehicle systems at Chalmers University, an...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/h...

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