In a world of automated driving, one of the more fascinating mysteries is the nature of what makes humans so good at navigating the car.
The driverless cars of the future are likely to be much better than their human-controlled counterparts at detecting obstacles and avoiding them.
They may also be able to make better decisions about where to go next.
And while they’re better at finding obstacles than humans, there are plenty of other things that humans are good at.
Philosophers from the University of Adelaide have used a computer simulation of human driving to study what makes human drivers perform so well at driving cars.
They found that the ability to read and understand visual cues like road markings, road markings on the road and the colour of the road are key to human-like driving skills.
It’s not a surprise that human drivers can see obstacles, they found, since the brain has evolved to be used to find these things.
“When we’re driving, we have a set of cues that help us to make decisions about what to do next, and this is the same in the car,” Professor Andrew Worsley said.
Professor Worsleys team tested out the cars on two types of roads, one where the cars had cameras on the side of the vehicle to monitor road conditions, and another where they were only allowed to look at one side of a road.
To see how well they performed, they had the cars move slowly down the road to make sure that they were safe, then speed up to make it a safe journey.
They then made the same decision on a different road, where the cameras were off and the cars could see only one side.
When they got back to the car, they could see both roads and decide whether they should turn left or right.
Then, the researchers looked at the results on a computer to see if there were any changes in how the cars responded to the changes in road conditions.
What they found was that the car’s visual processing skills improved, but the drivers’ driving skill dropped.
For example, on the first trip, they only needed to be able the see the car approaching.
But the same time, the car moved on the other side of that road, and that made them unable to make a decision about whether to turn left and continue down the other road.
The scientists found that human-driven cars were much better at navigating a straight road.
In fact, they were better at driving along the straight side of an obstacle than they were driving on the left side of one.
“The reason why we think humans can drive in a straight line is because we can see straight ahead, we can judge the distance between us and the obstacles ahead, and we have this ability to look ahead and make decisions,” Professor Worsleys said.
“And the cars have evolved to do the same.”
He said there was also a “cognitive advantage” to being able to see obstacles that humans cannot.
Because the cars see the road ahead and don’t have to see anything on the horizon, the cars are able to learn to better see the path ahead.
Even though they had to keep their eyes open, the humans were able to read the road better than the cars.
Professor Walsley said they were able as human drivers to make an accurate decision about where the car was going to go, even if the road was not straight.
“We’ve got this information, but it’s not very good,” he said.
Professor Peter Gourlay, the chief executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said the researchers had looked at many aspects of human performance, and found some of the best examples were the ability for humans to recognise people and objects on a road, to recognise obstacles and to judge distances.
He said humans also tended to look down at their hands and fingers as they drove, which could be distracting.
“That’s a very different skill from the ability you would have to look across a road and recognise an object,” Professor Gourland said.
He said the next step was to understand how human drivers are able and trained to navigate a road in the same way as a car, which might be something like the way that computers learn to navigate.
“But to really understand that, we need to have human drivers,” Professor George said.
Topics:sciences-and-technology,autonomous-vehicles,science-and.technology,research,human-interest,science,australiaFirst posted October 05, 2020 14:42:16Contact Adam BurchillMore stories from New South Wales