The 'Car Wrecks' Ahead in the World of Artificial Intelligence and Transportation

June 13, 2019

Duke Engineering experts in automation, autonomy, artificial intelligence and transportation spend a half-day with policymakers in Washington D.C.

From Duke Today by Colin Colter, Duke Government Relations

Missy Cummings talks with policy makers about the future of autonomous transportation

Missy Cummings talks with policy makers about the future of autonomous transportation

Fragile regulatory processes may prove as much cause for concern as fragile software systems when it comes to autonomous vehicle development, argued two Duke professors at a recent conference on the future of artificial intelligence. As Americans hear about the upcoming artificial intelligence revolution, the world of transportation seems most prone to quick changes.

The half-day conference for congressional and agency staff May 31 focused on the policy considerations for human-A.I. collaboration in transportation.

Mary "Missy" Cummings, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL) at Duke, spoke about how the makers of autonomous vehicles are still unable to make the leap into full autonomy, remaining stuck in the automation stage. Miroslav Pajic, the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering, spoke on the design and analysis of cyber-physical systems and the wide variety of weaknesses facing autonomous vehicles.

To read more about the session, visit the full story on Duke Today.