The prospect of self-driving cars is becoming more feasible in New Zealand. But major issues still exist for the technology. Some problems include glitches on how a driver-less car interprets road signs, particularly those that have been altered. Kiwi drivers should wait for these issues to be resolved before deciding to use an autonomous vehicle.
It seems that some self-driving cars could misinterpret certain road signs if they appear to be altered in any way, according to a report from researchers at the University of Michigan, Stony Brook University, the University of Washington and the University of California.
The report showed that autonomous vehicles might read a stop sign with stickers as a 45-mph sign instead. The problem lies in the Deep Neural Networks programming, which is the technology that driver-less cars used to interpret signals and other visual cues on the road. Aside from “reading” traffic signs, the programming also lets the car identify the difference among shapes, whether it is a person or a tree.
A second-hand vehicle serves as a better option if you want to save money, while also not wanting to place your safety in the hands of computers alone. In July, used car registrations in New Zealand rose 11 per cent year over year, in fact.
If you only wish to upgrade your car, there are many different suppliers of equipment, including turbo engines, as well as Nissan Skyline spare parts from K.D. Auto Spares. A booming population and affordable car prices have fuelled the growth for more car registrations.
Self-driving car technology represents an important milestone for the industry, although you should carefully think about using one in light of the safety issues. Until manufacturers and developers resolve the issue, it would be better to stick with traditional cars for now.