New Driving Safety Aids Could Parallel Autonomous Car AI

Tim Crowley
Posted on June 19, 2015

I’ve learned recently about a new app that can track how safe someone is driving through the GPS in their smartphone. I’ve covered driving safety technology before (CarChip Connect), and have also looked at Automatic, but both require an OBD plug.

ZenDrive reportedly does this using GPS, calculating things like how fast the car comes to a stop, how quickly it accelerates, and more. All of these are designed for fleet managers to be able to identify potential problem drivers, or problem behavior, and then make efforts to correct them.

The reports on self-driving vehicles coming from Google talk about how the vehicles use artificial intelligence to help learn how to navigate better around familiar surroundings. By analyzing how a human is operating a vehicle, compared to an autonomous-vehicle, we can see how both can become better drivers given the input of experience and feedback.

You work with the human driver to tell him or her not to brake so hard, to go easier around the turns, and you have the data to back it up. For the autonomous vehicle, you write it into the algorithm.

Happy Friday.

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