Do Self-Driving Cars Need Emotional Intelligence?

Until recently, the automotive industry believed autonomous vehicles would replace human drivers in a rapid and orderly manner — a binary flip from people to robots. The reality is now dawning that a complex, messy and perhaps interesting dynamic is more likely: that self-driving cars, trucks and buses will arrive incrementally, meaning we will be sharing the road with robot drivers for decades to come, and perhaps permanently. This realization introduces a host of scenarios in which humans — and cars with human-like perception and cognitive abilities — must co-exist. This session will explore the new challenges this brings to the industry, including if autonomous vehicles need emotional intelligence, the implications of AI bias behind the wheel and how robots will manage ethical dilemmas.

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Carla Bailo

Center for Automotive Research

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Chris Jacobs

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI)

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Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen Productions Inc.

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