Cygnify's founder Bram Bakker gave a talk at the AI meetup event at the Technical University of Delft, on how recent developments in automated driving and driver support systems are disrupting the automotive industry. The title of the talk was "The disruption of driving: the various paths to high levels of vehicle automation, and the various roles of AI and the human driver". Below is the abstract of the talk.
“There is an increasing realization that human drivers will likely still be needed for a long time, at least for certain situations or environments.”
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming many industries these days; but few industries are as affected as the automotive industry. In the race toward self-driving cars traditional automotive giants (both automakers themselves and their suppliers) struggle to stay relevant in the face of upstarts like Waymo and Tesla and smaller start-ups, with their Silicon Valley roots and strong AI background. AI, and its strengths and weaknesses, play a crucial role in this shake-up. On the one hand, modern AI like deep learning-based perception and prediction methods are instrumental in current vehicle automation efforts. On the other hand, some of those methods are known to be brittle (e.g. can easily be fooled by rare situations or easily designed adversarial examples). In part because of self-driving car accidents, some of which were likely caused by that brittleness, there is now increasing caution in most of the industry.
There is also an increasing realization that human drivers will likely still be needed for a long time, at least for certain situations or environments--leading to new questions on how to divide the work between the human and AI. In this talk, these issues will be addressed in some detail, connecting them to various approaches to achieve higher SAE levels of vehicle automation as taken by different players in the industry.