Machine teaching machine: Google #selfDriving car simulation turns 1 intersection in 1000s hrs of experience

With simulation, we can turn a single real-world encounter — such as a flashing yellow left turn — into thousands of opportunities to practice and master a skill. Here’s how it works.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: medium.com

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Google self driving cars rely on human drivers to drive millions of miles and learn the basic driving skills. This story explains how Google has built a self-driving car simulation software called Carcraft to go one step further and use real-world roads into millions of different driving scenarios. 

What is important here is the fact that a machine – here the simulator – can learn from mistakes and improbable driving scenarios and then *instantly* share that knowledge with *all* of the self driving cars in Google’s fleet. Humans cannot do that. And this means computers will learn skills – driving, medecine, accounting, law, etc. – extremely fast in the coming years. Be ready to see self driving cars on the road much sooner than you expect.

Farid Mheir
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