Skip to comments.What Would You Do With a Degree in Self-Driving Cars?
Posted on 03/08/2018 9:11:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
TechWatch editor Emily McDaid sat down with Aritys Eilish Bouse to discuss autonomous vehicles, smart cities and the future of commuting.
Eilish Bouse is a data scientist at Arity. Clearly a lifelong learner, shes currently studying for two qualifications simultaneously: one a nanodegree in autonomous vehicles (AV) and one to complete her actuarial studies, to add to her applied maths and physics degrees.
As you do.
Lets begin by explaining Arity.
Arity is a mobility insights and solutions company with 400 global employees focused on making transportation smarter, safer and more useful for everyone. Set up by Allstate, the company has generated more than 30bn miles of historical driving data, through which it combines the power of telematics with big-data analytics, to improve mobility for the entire transportation ecosystem both consumers and companies.
What does your nanodegree in AV cover? The current module was all about machine learning how self-driving cars can see lanes and other vehicles on the road. The subsequent module is about localisation how the AV knows where it is in geographical landscape.
The degrees teach us Python and C++ and the idea is that we can write code for AVs at the end.
Do you have customers in this space? We have several car-share, P2P and ride-sharing companies in the midst of onboarding to our platform. We will have announcements around these deployments soon. Customers in ride-sharing can benefit from the vast amount of data we have accrued on car journeys.
Its important to remember that the concept of shared mobility and smart cities are intrinsically linked. We also have done work with apps that mine data with how people move about in a city. In that respect, all the data collected is anonymised and aggregated. If you think about it, one persons data doesnt tell us too much about movement in a city like Belfast. We are interested in the big picture where people are going en masse and using it to identify where the problem areas are.
Do you have any projects close to home? Were in talks with Belfast City Council in terms of making Belfast a smart city. Belfast is the most congested city in the UK, so were looking at an application solution to improve our knowledge of where people are going. We can determine optimal routes or more efficient routes to improve the traffic situation.
Does that entail collecting data through dashboard cameras? No, its a smartphone app that would be working in the background and would pick up that youre in a mode of transport, automatically.
How big of a sample size do you need? Pilot sizes would be maybe about 100 but were not that far in terms of that discussion yet.
Are there any other data science projects currently? Im also working on the concept of a mobility app designed for Chicago to determine where people are going, how theyre getting there thats where Aritys home office is.
Eilish_Bouse Eilish Bouse, data scientist, Arity. Image: TechWatch
What degree would someone need to work at Arity? Theres a great mix of people those with degrees in maths, computer science, physics, economics. We have some data scientists in a behavioural-science kind of capacity. There are UX designers and product managers most would have studied the STEM subjects.
How will the emergence of self-driving cars change the concept of insurance? There will be a lot of movement in that space. Its understanding how AVs work so we can use that to our advantage.
Are all the big insurance companies looking at this? For sure. I was at the Motor Show in Frankfurt last September. Up til then, people were saying AV was hype and it was some way off. But the car manufacturers are all competing to be at the forefront of this technology. When you see the amount of money being invested, it means its far more imminent than people realise. There are a lot of questions in terms of how insurance will change. There will always be things to insure; its just that if people dont own cars, its trying to determine where that business lies.
It seems like AVs have come in much faster than other technologies like tablet computing, touchscreens or smartphones do you agree? Getting to the fully autonomous vehicle is going to be that final furlong. If you think about it, cars already have some elements of AV, like cruise control.
What would a day in your working life look like? One of my various key challenges is to get data, whether thats internal or external data, or speaking to people about sharing data.
We spend quite a bit of time visualising data to see insights. One of my focus areas at the moment is looking at where employees live and where theyre going to work; whats the best way to visualise that or look at it.
Between talking to people and doing that sort of analysis, thats where my day goes.
What is a Nanodegree program? Whats the experience like?
A Nanodegree program is a unique online educational offering designed to equip you with the skills you need, to land the job you want, so you can build the life you deserve.
It looks like corporations have given up on hiring college degreed snowflakes, and are now target-training. Win win.
Sleep to and from work.....
Cant imagine permitting self-drivers and human operated to coexist. I suspect several lanes of interstate highways will be segregated for automated cars. The distances between vehicles could be compressed and speeds could increase as automation improves. Merging at highway speed would be seamless. And you wouldnt have to flail away blindly behind your back to get a hold of a misbehaving child.
Itll begin with large overnight long-haul truckers - no clock to worry about. Long runs, fast speed, and no tired humans will make for safer, faster and cheaper hauling. Thats a lot of high paying blue collar DJT voters who will be replaced.
What’s happening now is what should have been foreseen in this dysfunctional society. feral-Americans are attacking, hijacking, and destroying self-driving cars.
I would start up a driving school.
You’ll have to pry my steering wheel
from my cold dead hands.
How are autonomous vehicles going
to work unless all current vehicles
are replaced all at once. I’ve said
this before, self driving cars will
read current speed limits, and maintain
that speed. A bad mix in big cities like
Houston or Dallas. They will have difficulties overcoming the human
factors of driving a vehicle. There
are a lot of egos on America’s roads.
Self-driving is still probably 20 years away from actually occurring and maybe thirty years from acceptance. The thing I see is that the insurance companies are going to have a problem because the cars will take into account weather conditions and traffic patterns, and drive at a lower rate of speed. Fewer accidents will come out of this in the long run...to the degree that insurance rates will have to be cut in half.
Maybe she should give some thought to the misuse of the technology, such as a terrorist using it to deliver a bomb to city hall or the court house. Bet that affects the actuarial tables. And talking about risk, who is liable when the car gets in an accident?
I’m very skeptical of these “autonomous vehicles”.
Well, there is "Walmart Greeter"; The "you want fries with that?" person, and Starbucks 'barista'.
AV’s are already on the roads in limited areas.
They’ve been on the roads with safety drivers for awhile already. I believe there are some without safety drivers in a couple of areas.
Bet you, a dollar to a donut, you will
never see a cop in one of these cars.
They are just another tool in the
attempt to control the masses. Let’s
get everybody moving at a controlled
rate of speed. I’m not overly
enthusiastic about napping on my
way to work.
The president of GM is pushing hard for this, he is also a socialist democrat.
First on the agenda would be to prevent humans from driving as it throws too many possibilities in for robots to deal with.
Georgia has already pushed for an interstate highway system closed to just trucks and we’ve heard of companies pushing for (ordering?) driverless trucks for shipment.
>>They are just another tool in the attempt to control the masses. Lets get everybody moving at a controlled rate of speed.
And when they want you to stop (for a ticket or to clear the way for an escorted vehicle), they could cut your motor. It’s for your own good, you see.
Mandated curfew? Inoperable.
Don’t forget about someone/thing causing an accident.
Some driverless cars are said to have no steering wheel or brake. You are stuck in a fast moving box. You are at the whim of another man or machine.
Just don’t do any investigative journalism and they may let you live.
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