ADAS cars mistake Somerset cattle grid for solid wall

"Number of incidents of cars leaving the road", Council says

ADAS cars mistake Somerset cattle grid for solid wall

Somerset County Council has spent £70,000 to redesign a stretch of road after a number of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) mistook it for a wall.

The issue caused vehicles to apply emergency braking and resulted in some leaving the road altogether in a bid to avoid what the vehicle computed to be an obstruction.

Somerset County Council said the grid had been “causing a very real danger to road users” on Hill Road in Minehead but confirmed that no serious collisions had resulted.

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Dave Peake, highways service manager for Somerset County Council said: “It’s quite a steep hill and the cattle grid’s got to be reasonably level.

“But the problem was this sudden change in gradient.

“Some of the car’s sensors were detecting this as a wall so automatically applied the brakes.

“So we’ve actually re-profiled it to take out the sudden change in gradient.”

To solve the issue, highways teams spent a month raising about 90ft (27.4m) of road and redesigning the “carriageway approaches”.

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    Epicyclic
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    After at first expecting this story to have a April 1st dateline but then finding it didn’t, this story must surely represent an apex of absurdity. Are we really at the point where public money must be spent adjusting the road network to compensate for bugs and safety deficiencies in the proprietary systems that have been sold by car-makers?

    This story illustrates the tip of what is in reality an enormous and rapidly growing iceberg facing lawmakers as systems such as those highlighted here together with fully autonomous vehicles take to our roads in ever increasing numbers.

    The answer? Only grant regulatory approval to systems that are fully open source. The notion that systems to which society is willing to delegate life and death decisions should be treated as commercially-protected trade secrets is completely unacceptable.

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    Meat-Head
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    Normally council would tell anyone to FRO.

    But to spend that much public money on something that’s not their fault is wrong
    Only logical reason would be to get funding.

    Worse case scenario would be warning sign, they should get list of all the cars and bill all manufactures of them all £27k each

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    Mark
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    Think you’ll find it won’t be long and it’ll be standard fitment in all vehicles (Although I don’t know how Brezit will effect it). It already has to be fitted on all commercial vehicles 7.5 ton and up from 2018

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