Porsche gets the most advanced driver-assist system Mobileye offers. This "hands-off" navigation solution can guide vehicles through various traffic and road scenarios. With SuperVision, the car engages traffic and makes decisions without the driver actively controlling the vehicle.
That's not to say the person in charge of the automobile – the driver – is utterly dismissed from their responsibilities. The "eyes-on" algorithm implies that the human behind the steering wheel is always focused on the road, ready to overtake should the AI-backed Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) fail.
Ten video cameras provide a high-definition surroundings perception to a computer that decides the best action based on the visual inputs. Additionally, a pair of radars offer a different perception of the car's environment for 360°-field-of-view monitoring. A test drive from a SuperVision-equipped vehicle in New York traffic is shown in the second video.
But it gets even better. This is where Mobileye's genius software architecture comes to play. From driving school to permanently giving up the keys to a designated driver, humans are taught to behave while motoring. We can all safely engage in traffic using a handful of principles based on common sense and physical ability.
Don't rush for a pen and paper or even a computer because the equation is far too complex to solve in a split-second. But we rely on road experience to stay safe after spending considerable time behind the wheel.
Mobileye develops algorithms that assemble a mathematical model of all the human-centered transportation contexts (that are otherwise subjective). Again, returning to the previous example, we must factor in how well our automobile brakes, what the road is like, what weather the incident would occur, and so on. Not to mention reflexes, reaction times, and self-control.
These deceptively straightforward enunciations are very familiar to us humans - see the first video for details. But not to Artificial Intelligence, and AI only understands math, and to this day, there's no equation for recklessness.
Imagine the following scenario: at a crossroads, a self-driving car encounters a classic machine from the 1970s. The high-tech machine has the right of way, yet the old-timer disobeys the traffic signs and goes first. What rules must the autonomous car follow?
It is obvious (for us humans) that it needs to avoid the collision. But the software declares it can go first. What's the solution? Update the software to make it context-responsive. This is where Road Experience Management (a seven-step data aggregation process also developed by the Israeli-founded company) takes over.
First, all cars collect information from the road as they drive – no matter how volatile the driving conditions might be, like a temporary blockage or other specifics. The data is then segregated into relevant categories and uploaded to the cloud.
A real-time computerized model is then constructed for every road element (like width and length, traffic signs, and driving behavior adopted by other cars at specific points and moments). Finally, a "roadbook" is created, containing all information regarding the road infrastructure. This bank of real-time data is continuously updated and accessed simultaneously by all contributing cars.
Porsche will include Mobileye SuperVision as a primary element in its ADAS platform - including critical driver monitoring systems. However, putting the system on standby during specific driving sessions of Porsche's most performing creations would benefit everyone. Otherwise, the Mobileye databank might end up with 200-mph speeds and tire-vaporizing fun as regular input from high-octane purists.