Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 6, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory on stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time; Recovering Kristoff accepts second place; Martin: “I feel good”; Cavendish to return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia; Frustrated Viviani could leave Team Sky over racing programme; Bahamontes’ unusual pathway to pro cycling; Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Stage 1 – Onboard GoPro Highlights; Video: Junior Womens Track Cycling

Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists

by VeloClub

With increased talk about the automation of driving via cars such as those made by Tesla, the question of rider safety is a very topical one. Researchers from Stanford University have assessed the accuracy of such systems around cyclists, and came to a worrying conclusion.

Cyclist has written about the study. Here’s an extract:

While the Tesla Model S electric car they tested is not self-driving, it does employ some of the systems that might later be used should the technology, which is currently being trialled across the world, be made legal. Tesla currently claims that all its vehicles ‘have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.’

However, a member of Stanford’s Centre for Design Research, and an expert on human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces, Dr Heather Knight who tested the car said she found the autopilot’s agnostic behaviour around cyclists ‘frightening.’

The 2016 Model S Tesla they drove features a situational awareness display that helps users understand what the car is ‘seeing.’ It was using this feature that led Dr Knight to her conclusion that the car regularly fails to correctly recognise cyclists. While failing to correctly classify objects is not the same as failing to notice their presence, she nevertheless found the system’s limitations deeply worrying.

Click through to read more at Cyclist.