Stanford researchers teach robots what humans want

Researchers are developing better, faster ways of providing human guidance to autonomous robots.

Self-Driving Cars Need To Learn How Humans Drive

In the not-too-distant future, Americans will be sharing the road with self-driving cars. Companies are pouring billions of dollars into developing self-driving vehicles. Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving-car project, says that its self-driving cars have already driven millions of miles on the open road.
Stanford University assistant professor Dorsa Sadigh has ridden in self-driving cars. 'These cars are OK driving in normal driving conditions on normal roads,' Sadigh says. But 'the moment you put them in situations they haven't seen, they don't really know how to deal with that.'

Artificial Intelligence May Make Traffic Congestion a Thing of the Past

If you drive a car, you've probably found yourself waiting at a red light while the intersection sits empty. Artificial intelligence could make that—and other frustrating inefficiencies of city traffic—a thing of the past.

Autonomous Cars Could Determine Your Driving Style by Gently Probing You

When every car on the road is an autonomous car, we won't have to worry about what kind of driver everyone else is. Before that happens, there's going to be a very long and messy period where autonomous cars will be sharing the road with human drivers. It'll be important for autonomous cars to understand and predict what the humans around them are trying to do, which is a very difficult problem, because humans are notoriously irrational: we all have different intentions, goals, preferences, objectives, driving styles, and we may or may not be looking at our cell phones.

Robots That Act Differently When You’re Around

The machines of the future will tailor their behavior to humans—and even individual personalities.