Addison Lee plans self-driving taxis by 2021. It will start by creating detailed maps that record the position of kerbs, road signs and traffic lights, in preparation for autonomous cars. Dr Sally Epstein, Machine Learning expert at Cambridge Consultants, applauds the ambition but cautions that full autonomy remains a long way off.
Epstein stated: “The goal of autonomous vehicles in the UK by 2021 is hugely ambitious goal, but consumers should know that we’re nowhere near to having genuinely driverless cars on public roads.
Amongst the challenges still to be overcome are:
When fully autonomous vehicles do finally arrive, explaining how their decisions are made, particularly following accidents, will be much more important than any statistical proof that they experience fewer accidents that with humans at the wheel.”