Did carmakers underestimate the difficulty of autonomous driving?

New research by the US’ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that carmakers have “work to do” on partial driving automation systems, let alone on fully autonomous driving, begging the question of just how realistic the latter is in the short term.

As part of a new ratings programme the IIHS is introducing with the aim of encouraging automakers to incorporate more robust safeguards into their automation systems, an initial 14 systems were tested. Of them, only one was given an acceptable rating, while two were rated marginal and 11 were rated poor.

IIHS president David Harkey said of the systems tested: “Most of them don’t include adequate measures to prevent misuse and keep drivers from losing focus on what’s happening on the road.”

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