Driverless cars may struggle to spot children and dark-skinned people

Some pedestrians may be less reliably detected by driverless cars than others

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Driverless cars may be worse at detecting children and people with darker skin, tests on artificial intelligence systems suggest. The researchers who carried out the work say that tighter government regulation is needed and that car-makers must be transparent about the development and testing of these vehicles.

Jie Zhang at King’s College London and her colleagues assessed eight AI-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research. The overall detection accuracy for adults was almost 20 per cent higher …

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