Phantom Auto Plans Remote-Control Centers For Autonomous Cars

Discussion in '[H]ard|OCP Front Page News' started by Montu, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Montu

    Montu [H]ard DCOTM x4

    Apr 25, 2001
    Phantom Auto is developing a system that will allow remote human operators to take over for autonomous cars (WARNING auto play video) that run into a challenging environment. According to Phantom, the remote operator can take over in approximately 30 seconds and maneuver the vehicle through a tight spot. Of course this requires the vehicle to be stopped and it won't allow operation above 25 mph. How well this will work is still to be seen, but there are probably some unusual road conditions where this might do the trick.

    “We collaborated with NASA and used some of the technology it developed to remotely assist and manage interplanetary rovers,” she said. “We believe for quite some years we will need to be able to assist autonomous vehicles with a human in the loop. There are many situations today that current (artificial intelligence) cannot understand.”
  2. HeadRusch

    HeadRusch Gawd

    Jun 8, 2007
    Figured this 'drone pilot' method is what will eventually replace Garbage Trucks first, and then eventually UPS and the Post Office...where you still need a human being to carry those packages up a flight of stairs, to a package delivery room, and of course when picking an item up.
  3. jpm100

    jpm100 [H]ardness Supreme

    Oct 31, 2004
    More of a limp home than a tight spot. 30s is glacial for a car in a tight spot.
  4. sirnephilim

    sirnephilim n00bie

    Jan 3, 2017
    30 seconds could be disastrous on the highway if there's a wreck or something. The accordion effect being what it is if there's enough of these AIs on the road it could create a mini Bridgegate while people are waiting for robotruck to navigate around an obstacle, then the next truck, etc. while traffic builds up behind.

    I still maintain lawyers are going to render driverless cars impossible. Even if they're 100x safer every time there's an accident involving one you'll have a dozen lawyers trying to sue Elon Musk for millions.
  5. cyberguyz

    cyberguyz Limp Gawd

    Aug 28, 2014
    Autonomous cars that can be controlled remotely? Does the nasty possibilities this opens up not raise red flags for anyone else?

    It scares me to the point where I won't be caught dead buying one.
  6. Whach

    Whach [H]ard|Gawd

    Dec 22, 2011
    Named Phantom. Bad Omen. Vaporware business. Avoid. ;)