Fleets of self-driving cars will be helped to negotiate tricky traffic obstacles by ‘mobility managers’ in a remote control centre, according to Nissan’s expert in artificial intelligence (AI).
The idea is to deploy human intelligence remotely to allow a vehicle to keep moving in a situation when self-driving sensors can’t work out what to do.
"These are like air traffic controllers, they facilitate the flow, rather than control the vehicle remotely with a joystick," says Maarten Sierhuis, director of the Nissan Research Center and a former NASA engineer.
Nissan is using technology that was developed by NASA to help robot vehicles negotiate the surface of Mars.
Once the ‘mobility manager’ has solved a traffic problem for one self-driving car, the solution is then communicated to the Cloud, where it can be shared with other self-driving cars that will then be able to negotiate the obstacle without referring back.