Detecting Fire Apparatus Challenging for Self-Driven Cars

Last year when a Tesla slammed into a fire truck on a Southern California freeway, the accident caught the attention of federal investigators concerned about the emerging technology, reports Bloomberg.

The radars and cameras used to sense obstructions ahead each have their limitations and computer software that evaluates the data is still a work in progress, according to the experts and advocates.

The sensors on a Tesla and other cars are relatively good at following a vehicle in the same lane and adjusting speed to maintain a safe distance. But when a vehicle changes lanes — known as the “cut-out scenario” — it can leave the trailing vehicle’s sensors struggling to assess what’s ahead.

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