Microsoft Has Plans to Make Autonomous Cars Intelligent: Page 2 of 2

Microsoft is already planning the next step for autonomous vehicles – artificial intelligence.

the road. “The question is how do we move that tech from big data centers to data centers on wheels?”

When you think about all the systems needed inside of an autonomous car: a control unit; infotainment; navigation; cameras; RADAR; LIDAR; not to mention some sort of sensor fusion system to bring it all together so that the car can make actionable decisions, the need for robust, on-board hardware becomes obvious.

In its own efforts at CES 2017, Nissan released a video as part of a new partnership with Microsoft to bring Microsoft's Cortana virtual AI assistant (essentially Microsoft's answer to Siri) to Nissan vehicles. The video features a driver interacting with his car in much the same way as a human assistant – with both making suggestions and decisions on the fly as far as his driving route and personal schedule.

Referring to the video, Seven told the DesignCon audience, “The important thing to look at is not just the voice recognition, but that the AI is responding to the human, being proactive and able to control the vehicle in an important context. It's not as simple as telling the car to do something. It's an intelligent interaction that includes proactive capabilities. That's how the auto industry is looking to evolve.” And that's the functionality that needs to happen inside of the car itself, and not via cloud computing.

To be clear Microsoft has released a statement saying that it doesn't want to build its own car: “Microsoft is not building its own connected car. Instead, we want to help automakers create connected car solutions that fit seamlessly with their brands, address their customers’ unique needs, competitively differentiate their products and generate new and sustainable revenue streams.”

But AI for cars is only a step in what Seven said Microsoft believes will be an even larger ecosystem of “intelligent things that move.”

“As we move into new spaces like drones and what place they will play in our world, we can look at automotive as a use case and start using that to open up into others spaces like logistics, retail, and even smart cities,” Seven concluded.

Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News.  


Given the track record established by microsopht over the past 20 years or so, the very biggest contribution that organization can make would be to stay out of the picture regarding autonomous vehicles. All of the code that they produce is buggy and needs constant upgrades and fixes. This should be obvious to all computer users. To put it more clearly, if microsoft gets into the driverless vehicle program in any way, WE ARE DOOMED!!!

We can all hope that it's like other MS know: pause and do a thirty minute update when you turn it on or just shut the whole car down at the most inconvenient time possible to run updates.

Yes, given their track record, this is not a good idea. Me: "Mobile Apps" Sync: "Mobile Apps, is that correct" Me: "Yes" Sync: (after a delay) "Please answer yes or no" Me: "YES" Sync: "Mobile Apps, please say a command" Me: "Spotify" Sync: "Calling Best Buy"

Bad idea. First of all, vehicles are much too harsh of an environment for reliable computer installation. The vibration, temperature extremes, moisture, etc., make integrated circuits very unreliable. Which makes any autonomous system attempt, very dangerous. Second is that no one is going to allow their privacy to be compromised by networking their car. Can you imagine the police arresting you because your vehicle was near a crime scene? Everyone would disable any such system.

The harsh environment for the computer driven cars is my very least thing to be concerned about, because the means to harden mobile computers has been available and getting better for many years. It is true that the standard consumer-type of computers would be worthless for this application, just as any consumer grade software from a purveyor of buggy software would be deadly. But we already have a lot of computers on board that are adequately reliable, at least most of the time. (continued next

The really dangerous part will be the software that pretends to know what we want to do next, written by neurotic abnormal people who do not reside anyplace similar to the real world. All that you need to do to verify this assertion is observe the most recently released (popular) operating systems. Do you want those minds to have any part of driving your car with you in it?????

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