I talked with robotics researchers working on aspects of autonomous cars. Turns out, soccer is harder than driving.
Evidently, whether self-driving cars will need to be connected to external databases, maps or whatever is a matter of contention. I always thought they would, to access real-time maps, traffic and road info, etc. In the world of research, however, “autonomous” means the vehicle has no need to connect to any external systems. This article examines how real-world autonomous cars will make use of their persistent connections.
I think I deserve props for not using that Reese’s P-butter Cups analogy. : )
There are three strategies for implementing advanced safety features that will lead to full autonomy: add still more sensors; reduce the number of sensors by combining functions; use advanced processing to make use of sensor data.
Here’s a look at how vendors and tier 1s are doing all of them.