Whether it's safety and insurance issues or mechanical maladies, automotive recalls or legislative matters, car care is something everyone needs and service can very wildly. This week Ed Welsh is in studio to discuss self-driving cars and the challenges that they face.

Ed Welsh of AAA Northeast is in studio to talk about New York’s self-driving cars and with the first on the road this week in Albany, Ed thought he would share what the engineers find challenging when deploying self driving cars on the road.

Ed takes a look at many of the things humans automatically do that machines cannot do. For example, you can make eye contact with a pedestrian or another driver and surmise that you have their attention at an intersection. How does a machine do that?

Another good example would be if a car stopped in front of you on a side street and the driver stuck his hand out the window to wave you around them. You would know exactly what to do but how would a machine interpret a hand gesture?

Of course there a few hand gestures that machines will happily ignor.

Tune in to hear Ed talk about the many other challenges technologists face while engineering driverless cars.

Ed Welsh hosts the weekend segment, AutoTalk, on WIBX that covers a wide array of automotive topics exploring each from their simplest aspects to the most complex problems every Saturday from 9AM-10AM.


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