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The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer

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A vehicle testing a new algorithm on the streets of Auburn Hills, MI.

Artificial Intelligence is quietly making driving safer.

Credit: Marvin Shaouni/The New York Times

With artificial intelligence (AI) discreetly improving driving safety, the technology is likely to find its way into luxury vehicles.

IBM's Sachin Lulla predicts data collection to inform automotive AI systems will be greatly enhanced by a forthcoming generation of connected cars, which are projected to collectively generate 350 Mbps of information by the year 2020.

AI systems are already vital to driver monitoring, and IBM aims to advance the technology to account for context so vehicles have complete situational awareness both inside and outside.

When fully autonomous driving for privately-owned vehicles becomes available, the potential for a car to detect driver distress and travel to, say, a hospital, will be realized.

Fully automated driving will require a 100-fold boost in computer power, and Kurt Lehmann with auto supplier Continental says AI's lack of transparency and predictability remains a key challenge to perfecting the technology.

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