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Today Wired published an opinion piece by Baidu’s Andrew Ng and Yuanqing Lin titled “Self-Driving Cars Won’t Work Until We Change Our Roads—And Attitudes.”

The authors write:

“Safe autonomous cars will require modest infrastructure changes, designs that make them easily recognized and predictable, and that pedestrians and human drivers understand how computer driven cars behave. The technology will also require a clear legislative framework to handle questions of legality and liability. It’s a lot of work, but the good news is that we don’t have to make these changes everywhere at once.

We advocate starting with a few limited regions, making them ‘autonomy enabled,’ and expanding from there. We call this the Train Terrain strategy for autonomous driving.

For example, we might start with a few shuttle routes, and then expand to entire cities. This approach makes it easier to implement the necessary infrastructural changes. It also gives pedestrians and human drivers time to understand how computers drive, and what to expect from them—the same way they expect particular behavior from a student driver.”

Read the Wired article here.

Note: Later today, U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars.”  The hearing will explore advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated benefits.