5. Self Driving Cars
Self-driving cars have been a dream as long automobiles have existed.
The automobile is ubiquitous in the developed world and is becoming so in the developing world.
In 2007, the world's two largest automakers sold over 18 million vehicles worldwide. As we
consider domains to which we can apply intelligent systems, the automotive industry stands out
as having the most potential for impact. Self-driving cars hold out the promise of being safer
than manually driven cars. Yet they cannot be a 100 % safe. Collisions are sometimes
unavoidable. So self-driving cars need to be programmed for how they should respond to scenarios
where collisions are highly likely or unavoidable.
The development of self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles has progressed at an unanticipated
pace. Ironically, the driver or the driver-vehicle interaction is a largely neglected factor in
the development of enabling technologies for autonomous vehicles.