EP 96: Driver monitoring systems need to be mandatory; China builds AV-only freeway; what AVs can learn from elevators

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Today, I suggest that semi-autonomous vehicles like Tesla could make people more careless, thereby reinforcing the need for driver monitoring systems sooner rather than later; China readies a 100 km (62 mi) freeway with AV-only lanes; and we discuss what autonomous vehicle makers can learn from elevators. Yes, elevators.

Mandatory DMS

I had a one hour drive from Palo Alto to Marin County one night around midnight. And that’s when it hit me: maybe it’s a good thing I don’t have a Tesla, with its sometimes too confidence-inspiring Autopilot, with which, I’d likely have just fallen asleep at the wheel. Yikes. Maybe it is indeed time to make driver monitoring systems (DMS) mandatory, after all, for all L2 and L3 AVs?

AV-only freeways in China

Hah. I’ve been saying this forever. Stop putting the cart before the horse, as it were, and focus on L4 vehicles — i.e., geofenced vehicles — and build dedicated AV-only freeways, roads, and lanes. Well, now China’s doing it. Because of course they are.

Elevators teach AVs

Turns out there’s a lot we can learn from elevators. Yes, elevators.

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