Experts say driverless cars will require artificial intelligence

Automakers intending to bring driverless cars to market need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, the researcher leading Nissan Motor Co.’s automated-vehicle program said.

Making cars that are “deliberative” in assessing road conditions, rather than just reactive, requires artificial intelligence, Maarten Sierhuis, director of Nissan’s Silicon Valley research center in Sunnyvale, California, said in an interview. The carmaker, which aims to sell vehicles that can drive themselves by 2020 or sooner, is developing software to read and filter sensor data much as a human brain does, he said.

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The company NEXYAD has been working on such an Artificial Intelligence through their risk of accident computing module SafetyNex.

SafetyNex is a knowledge-based system that computes a huge data fusion : information about the navigation map, speed of the car, accelerations, visibility, grip(adherence), time to colision, interdistance, ... This data fusion aims to compute a risk of accident : low score means the driver (human driver ... or Artificial Intelligence) drives in a safe way. This SafetyNex is an artificial intelligence that should work embeded with the artificial intelligence pilot.

The fist market of SafetyNex is Insurance companies that need to score the behaviour of drivers (pay how you drive ...), it doesn't need to be as precised and reliable than it should be for a driverless car, but NEXYAD started to deploy and then will be the most experienced ADAS/AI company on this subject in 2020 when autonomous cars will invade the streets.

Four kinds of drivers scored by SafetyNex :

Dangerous_Quiet_Driver Bad_Driver
                  Quiet and Dangerous Driver                                               Brutal and Dangerous Driver

NEXYAD_SafetyNex_Sportive_Driver  Good_Driver
                       Brutal and Rather Safe Driver                                      Quiet and Safe Driver

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