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Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are at the heart of a new exhibition at the London Science Museum.
Driverless: Who is in control? opens on 12 June and looks at “how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines”.
Continuing until October 2020, the show examines themes familiar to ITS professionals wrestling with the legal, ethical and logistical issues around the introduction of driverless cars to public roads. The museum says it will focus on “how much of this seemingly futuristic technology already exists and extends far beyond the cars we’re familiar with, how much control we’re willing to transfer to them and how their wider deployment could shape our habits, behaviour and society”.
Investment in the applications of artificial intelligence and deep learning in AVs is growing year on year, says Sham Ahmed, managing director at MathWorks UK: “With driver assistance systems in many of the vehicles on the road today, autonomy is already woven into our everyday lives.”
Science Museum lead curator Ling Lee says: “This exhibition will explore what could happen when we let algorithms make decisions for us, not just from behind the screens of our mobile phones or self-checkout counters, but in our physical reality.”
Exhibits will include the 1960 Citroen DS19 car, which was modified in the UK to ‘self-drive’ in early experiments in driverless technology.
Oxbotica’s Geni, one of the earliest self-driving cars to be tested in UK public trials, will also be included along with the Westfield POD, an electric AV for first/last-mile journeys.
Driverless: Who is in control? runs from 12 June 2019 to October 2020.