Slowburn July 16, 2012 05:06 PM either have the driver in complete control, or have complete autonomous function (weather full driving or just parking) mixing will just lead to tragedy. DaveG July 16, 2012 09:35 PM Right. If I had a nickel for every time a stability controller or lane-keeping system led to tragedy... wait... I really like MIT's idea. Humans have proven they're good at decision making, yet bad under pressure. Computers are not as good at decision making, yet good under pressure. Combining the two seems like you could exploit some serious synergies. wraith87 July 16, 2012 10:24 PM Good idea for when it is human error causing the incident, when it is a fault with the car that caused it, I would query how much of a good idea it is to rely on the car to know how to react. DaveG July 17, 2012 12:16 AM According to this US Department of Transportation study, 99% of the traffic crashes investigated were caused or contributed to by human error. (http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/UDAshortrpt/). For as much as people like to blame the vehicle (eg. Toyota accelerator crisis), human error is almost always the source of the problem. Gadgeteer July 17, 2012 02:12 AM Observing an intersection in any major American city (and many large cities around the world) would prove that humans simply don't belong behind the wheel. The only reason traffic isn't completely anarchic is that people still have an instinct for self-preservation. Otherwise, most drivers break as many laws as they think they can get away with. Slowburn July 17, 2012 02:55 AM re; DaveG People get used to not driving when they are driving and then get into a different car. Robert Silagadze July 17, 2012 06:54 AM How the system will identify whether it's better to 1. hit the object (which suddenly started to run over the road) or 2. hit another car but avoid object? How the system will know whether this object is child or dog/chimp/pig etc.? VSVagh July 17, 2012 11:06 AM Have we considered the cost of the Velodyne LIDAR sensor? At about $75000 a sensor, how many of you are willing to add the sensor to your cars? While I respect the research efforts, I think that academia must keep the biggest factor in mind when it comes to product improvements: Affordability. warren52nz July 17, 2012 06:26 PM I've been saying for almost a decade that autonomous control is the way to go for cars if cars are to remain our primary vehicle for day to day travel. But I like driving. This idea is great if you ask me. Slowburn July 18, 2012 11:39 AM re; warren52nzFully autonomous cars will be great but encouraging drivers to give less of their attention to their driving while they are driving is a bad idea.