Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto

by Jay Traugott
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Video games can be purposeful for real life.
Autonomous car developers have a problem, and one of the only ways to solve it is with Grand Theft Auto V. The problem, according to Bloomberg, is that there’s not enough hours in a day for driverless car prototypes to teach themselves how to drive in the real-world. Video games, such as GTA, are proving to be a helpful workaround. Software developers like this mega popular video game because it provides a simulation platform that can "generate data that’s very close to what artificial-intelligence agents can glean on the world."
Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto
Given that companies like Ford and Google’s Waymo are in a race to get driverless cars on the road in the next three years or so, having such a virtual reality platform is essential – and it’s readily available at very little cost. Developers like GTA because it has the ability to generate real-life situations, often times dangerous, that can be hard, or even impossible, to replicate in a real-world scenario. The self-driving software needs to experience certain situations, like a mattress falling off a vehicle on a highway, in order to learn how to respond quickly and, above all, safely.

“Just relying on data from the roads is not practical,” states David Bacchet, a driverless EV software team leader from San Jose, California. “With simulation, you can run the same scenario over and over again for infinite times, then test it again.” Sounds a little bizarre at first, we know, but the logic is clearly there. In fact, GTA isn’t the only video game developers have used for go-to AI software. Super Mario Bros. and Angry Birds have also proven capable of simulating real-world problems in virtual reality environments.

Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto
Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto
Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto
Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto
Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto






by Jay Traugott
Driverless Cars Are Learning How Not To Kill Us From Grand Theft Auto