Semi-Autonomous Driving Systems, such as Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise, to reduce driving tension when, under certain circumstances, automating tasks such as driving, accelerating and braking, the driver must be ready take over at any time. It's a problem, Duke & # 39; s Professor Mary Cummings, studying the interaction between people and autonomous driving systems, said Business Insider.
"Any confidence in a person to intervene in any security-critical power is red herring. They will never be able to do this reliably, so I think these systems would be safe for the road, "She said.
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Systems like Autopilot, Super Cruise, Nissan ProPilot Assist and Volvo Pilot rely on unrealistic expectations of how well people can pay attention to the road and react quickly "If we need the semi-autonomous system to control them," Cummings said. "" We can't keep our attention, especially in dull environments, such as driving on the road, "she said.
The Tesla spokesperson has directed Business Insider to a page on his website that We describe its approach to vehicle safety and provide statistics on the Tesla vehicle accident rates, which include the autopilot.
"We believe that the unique combination of passive safety, active safety and automatic driver assistance is crucial to not only safe Tesla drivers and passengers, but also all drivers on the road," says the page.
Nissan and Volvo did not respond to the request for comments.
There are semi-autonomous features, such as those that warn the driver if the car is away from its lane or some advanced speed control systems that can stop or accelerate in the context of the environment – this can be helpful, especially for a little speed, Cummings said. Danger arises when vehicles control steering tasks at higher speeds.
"I am a big fan of slow acting autonomy," she said. "This is when we see cars at a speed that is unstructured, with much greater uncertainty that car control systems are actually breaking down."