- Nov 14, 2009
- Rocky Mountains
I come at this from the other side - the DARPA autonomous jeep project. Compared to that challenge drones were considered little more than 3D Rumbas by the teams. I'm not trying to trivialize the task of creating a safe man rated autonomous aircraft but there are a lot more impromptu variables for a ground bound vehicle to process.I think the # of orders of magnitude easier is somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.2.
The Uber car that killed Elaine Herzberg failed the the most basic task of a self driving car - don't run over something in front of, or on a collision course with you. Going from that to a car that can tell the difference between a little water running across the road and a flash food wash out is going to take a while.