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Grand Theft Auto is training self-driving cars

Grand Theft Auto is training self-driving cars | kvjournal.ru
Scientists and engineers have joined high school kids in simulating the world through the lens of the popular “Grand Theft Auto” video game. Unlike the fun that caffeine-fueled youths have with the game, engineers and scientists are using it to test autonomous cars. According to Bloomberg, companies developing autonomous car software use the game to clock simulation time.

Simulations allow cars to drive millions of miles without burning any gas. Also, they can run around the clock -- unlike real-world tests with autonomous cars, which means constant testing. The simulators can re-create situations that rarely happen in real life that could confuse the system in the future.

Demand for lidar, one of the key technologies driving autonomous car development, is outstripping supply, leaving customers waiting for backlogs to clear.Lidar, short for light detection and ranging, ...
Of course, there are good simulations besides “Grand Theft Auto,” but that game happens to be one of the most developed visual environments capable of working with an autonomous car simulator. These various simulators can give developers and engineers insight into the system’s functionality, but that might not mean anything to the government.

The CEO of the Toyota institute, Gill Pratt, reportedly told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that simulators should “be an acceptable equivalent to real-world testing.” Combining simulated miles with real-world evaluation will likely be the result of this bargaining, but know that some of that simulation was on a popular video game. So if your car tries to carelessly jump off of a hill or lead you to a running helicopter, you know what's going on.

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