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Waymo scrap plans to have drivers take control

Waymo scrap plans to have drivers take control

Waymo have pulled their software in their autonomous vehicles that asked drivers to step in in dangerous situations after a tester fell asleep at the wheel.

The autonomous vehicle maker have been developing their cars so that it would request for the driver to take control of the vehicle if a dangerous event seemed to be happening ahead but it has now decided to scrap that after someone fell asleep, others did their make up or played with their phones whilst in charge of the autonomous vehicle.

Speaking during a tour of the company's facilities, John Krafcik, the head of Waymo, said: "What we found was pretty scary. It's hard to take over because they have lost contextual awareness."

It comes after Waymo revealed they have partnered with Intel to allow their self-driving vehicles to make their own decisions.

Writing on their website, Waymo shared: "Waymo's self-driving vehicles can see 360 degrees, track thousands of moving objects simultaneously, and detect the subtle nuances of the road  -  like a cyclist's hand signal. This kind of real-time understanding of the world requires not just advanced sensors and software, but a high-performance specialized computer to match.

"Like our LiDAR, radar and vision systems, Waymo's compute platform on our self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan is designed entirely in-house by Waymo engineers. By developing our own compute, our engineers can carefully select the components that are best suited for fully self-driving technology. Take, for example, our work with Intel. Waymo has been using Intel products since 2009. For our latest vehicle, our engineers worked with Intel from the design stage to integrate some of Intel's most-advanced processors and other technology into our own platform.

"Our self-driving Pacifica minivans are now the most advanced cars on the road today. By working closely with partners like Intel, Waymo's vehicles will continue to have the advanced processing power required for safe driving wherever they go."

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