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A Blurred Line: AV Capability and Human Responsibility

Drivers left holding the bag as autonomous vehicles fail to live up to automakers' hype. Trade secrets are in, transparency is out.
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What an AV sees (Source: Mobileye)

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By Junko Yoshida 

We know that humans and machines can coexist. They’ve been doing it for centuries. But the key to this harmony is knowing what machines can—or can’t — do, and defining the human role in this equation.

In the world of autonomous driving, I see society teetering above a slippery slope. On the one hand, transparency about AV capabilities is decreasing. A California Superior Court ruling last week allows Waymo to treat certain safety-related crash data as trade secrets. On the other hand, human drivers are growing both more complacent and more confused about their responsibilities in highly but not fully automated vehicles.

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