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Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter

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A self-driving car explaining its actions.

By quizzing the self-driving software every step of the way, Wayve hopes to understand exactly why and how its cars make certain decisions.

Credit: Wayve

U.K.-based driverless car company Wayve has tapped chatbot technology to question its vehicles about their driving decisions.

The company combined its self-driving software with a large language model into the LINGO-1 hybrid model, which synchronizes video and driving data with natural-language descriptions that record the car's observations and actions.

Wayve aims to know how and why its cars make certain decisions by quizzing the self-driving software at every step, helping to expose flaws faster than sifting through video playbacks or scrolling through error reports.

The University of California, Berkeley's Pieter Abbeel said, "With a system like LINGO-1, I think you get a much better idea of how well it understands driving in the world."

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