Self-Driving Cars: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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#IEEE SSIT; Artificial Intelligence; Self Driving Cars; Ethics; Societal Implications of Technology #Ethical Implications of Technology; Vehicular Technology

Prof Mary (Missy) Cummings (Director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC) at George Mason University, USA) presented "Self-Driving Cars: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" on 30 April '24 as a Guest Lecture at a UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter Meeting. This lecture was moderated by Miriam Cunningham, UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter Chair. 

Guest Lecture Focus
Self-driving cars have been a dream from almost the time the automobile was invented. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), this dream has seemingly become reality with driverless commercial operations already taking place in a handful of cities around the world. However, the recent tragic accident involving a pedestrian and a Cruise self-driving car, as well as a number of high-profile Tesla crashes, raise the possibility that such systems may not actually be as capable as envisioned, and questions have arisen about their safety both nationally and internationally. Given these concerns, it is important to step back and analyze both the actual safety records of these vehicles and just why AI is struggling to operate safely under all conditions in autonomous vehicles.

This lecture highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of AI in self-driving cars, as well as in all safety-critical applications, and lay out a roadmap for safe integration of these technologies on public roadways.

Organisers
IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT organised this webinar in cooperating with a number of IEEE OUs including: Vancouver Section Jt. Chapter,TEM14/PC26/E25/SIT30; North Jersey Section SSIT Chapter; IEEE Region 1; IEEE Region 2;  UK and Ireland Computational Intelligence Chapter; UK and Ireland Computer Society Chapter, UK and Ireland Vehicular Technology Chapter; UK and Ireland Oceanic Engineering Chapter; New Jersey Coast Section SIGHT; New Jersey Coast IM/Computer Joint Chapter; Susquehanna Section Computer Chapter; Southeast Michigan Section  Vehicular Technology Chapter; Phoenix Section Computer Chapter;  Vancouver Section Jt Transportation Chapter, UK and Ireland Computational Intelligence Chapter; UK and Ireland Computer Society Chapter, UK and Ireland Vehicular Technology Chapter UK and Ireland Oceanic Engineering Chapter, Chicago Section Computer Society Chapter and  Vehicular Technology Chapter.

Participants
Participants registered from Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Denmark; France; Germany; Greece; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Namibia; Netherlands; Norway; Peru; Poland; Portugal; South Korea; Spain; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Turkey; Uganda; United Kingdom and United States.

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