Make driving chill… and experimental?
When you are behind the wheel of a car, you must always be paying attention! There is no software yet that is capable of driving better than a human. But one of the dangers as the software gets better is that this is not always apparent.
Currently, our data shows that openpilot makes multiple minor mistakes requiring correction per drive. As long as this is the case, no one will confuse the system with a superhuman driver. But as our software improves to the point that mistakes have hours between them, this might no longer be true.
We believe the solution to this is driver monitoring. GM has pioneered this with Super Cruise. And from Lex Fridman at MIT, here is an example of glance classification applied to the safety driver in the Uber crash. (looking forward to the open source release!)
Today, we are taking the first step toward our driver monitoring strategy. In openpilot 0.4.4, we’ve added a setting to record and upload the front camera. This setting is off by default, but if you choose to opt in, you’ll be rewarded with 0.5 extra comma points per minute, and you’ll be helping us to train our driver classification network. You’ll also be able to review the data later.
Remember, if you can’t see the camera, it can’t see you! When EON was designed, it was made to be flipped by switching the top and bottom piece with the supplied allen key. So flip your EON for 0.4.4, it looks better upside down anyway. If you still have a NEO, we are offering a trade-in.
You can also watch the EON video flip tutorial by VirtuallyChris.
In all our future hardware, we plan to have a camera for monitoring the driver. And in the period where the statistics show our software is good enough to be trusted, but not yet superhuman, monitoring will be mandatory.
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