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Real-World Challenges to Automated Driving


Real-World Challenges to Automated Driving


Sven Beiker shares an article that explains how the biggest challenge facing automated driving is real-world traffic.

Nice interview here with SAE International for their monthly magazine “Update“. My piece is titled “Realities of traffic make automated driving a challenge”.

It is a conversation around what is missing to bring autonomous vehicles (automated driving to use the right SAE term) to the real world. I am glad that SAE asked as I have been discussing a lot over the years what is holding us back: technology, regulation, trust…? My view is that we have solutions for all of those, as long as we choose the ODD wisely. However, real-world traffic still poses the biggest challenge.

Along those lines, I created the following chart at some point. On the right you see the graphic of climbing a mountain, which I typically use as a prompt in my talks to say the following.

– If you want to get on top of Mount Everest, you might get on a plane in San Francisco, make a connection in Heathrow, and get to Kathmandu.

– From the airport, you travel to the basecamp at 5,300m altitude of Mount Everest

– At that point, you have traveled well over 99% or so of the distance, but this is where it begins to get interesting…

Key points include:

  • Adoption of automated vehicles
  • Autonomous trucks

  • The biggest impediment to automated driving

Access the full article, Realities of Traffic Make Automated Driving a Challenge, on