Engineers showcase promising technology for carsDecember 10, 2019
Autopilots of modern cars are already capable of assessing the road situation with the help of cameras, but are not yet capable of predicting unforeseen situations, such as a vehicle jumping out from around the corner. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have previously developed a “peek around the corner” method using shadow analysis. Now the technology has been demonstrated in action.
In order to teach the autopilot to “look in” for turns, MIT engineers developed software designed to recreate the image of an object using the shadow cast by it.
During the experiment, the researchers placed opposite the light source various objects hidden from the autopilot camera. The smart algorithm was to analyze the play of light and shadow in the frame and reconstruct what was seen in the form of a finished image.
Although the results obtained are still far from ideal, AI correctly recreated the shape and direction of movement of “invisible” objects. According to experts, this is only the beginning of the experiment and the future algorithm will learn to analyze the situation much better outside the field of vision. Another advantage of the technology is its availability. For the operation of AI, expensive equipment will not be required – ordinary cameras used by the autopilot will be enough.
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