Algorithm makes self-driving cars ‘accident-proof’, scientists claim

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Scientists claim to have created an algorithm that makes self-driving cars ‘accident-proof’ – as long as human drivers drive legallyNew research presents algorithm that ensures a fail-safe trajectory for vehiclesIt works on the principle that other human drivers act responsibly on the roadsGetting self-driving cars to react to unique situations is an obstacle in a roll outBy Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline Published: 11:48 EDT, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 11:54 EDT, 14 September 2020 An algorithm makes self-driving cars ‘accident-proof’ as long as other human drivers on the road act responsibly, scientists claim.  German researchers developed the algorithm with data collected from vehicles in the real-world and tested it in computer simulations.  Assuming that other traffic drivers follow the rules of the road, the algorithm can take into account unexpected events, such as the appearance of cyclists. Autonomous vehicles can only be widely adopted once they can be trusted to drive more safely than human drivers. Therefore, teaching them how to respond to unique situations to the same capability as a human will be crucial to their full roll out.  An algorithm that helps to ensure that autonomous vehicles drive safely is described by experts at Technical University of Munich’Our technique serves as a safety layer for …

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