Autonomous vehicles have a problem. Without a human driver behind the wheel, a self-driving car could miss some of the subtle and subjective nuances from pedestrians that enable motorists to avoid potentially fatal accidents.
But instead of expecting pedestrians to change their behavior to accommodate self-driving vehicles, why not program the vehicles to behave a little more like human beings?
Avery Faller, S.M. ’16, is exploring that question as senior machine learning engineer at Perceptive Automata, a Boston and Silicon Valley startup aiming to use machine learning to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems. Read more.