An interesting take on one of the potential issues with rushing to achieve fully autonomous driving without developing a suitable technology development path to get us there.
We have recently seen difficulties in the semi-autonomous phase of development with driver assist features, such as Tesla's Autopilot, facing both safety concerns and driver expectation challenges. The development of driver assist features as we move from semi-autonomous to fully autonomous driving will be essential and this articles considers driver monitoring technology which could be a vital part of that process.
Uber knows that they are not at fully autonomous driving, and they’re mitigating risk by adding a driver. What happens, however, if the driver zones out (as studies show to happen quite often), or the driver’s intervention is too late?