Don’t worry, driverless cars are learning from Grand Theft Auto


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  • Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017

An Acura RLX equipped with autonomous vehicle technology slows to avoid a pedestrian in a sidewalk as it is demonstrated at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station on June 1, 2016 in Concord, Calif.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realised there aren’t enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to drive themselves. Which is why Grand Theft Auto V is in the mix. 

The blockbuster videogame is one of the simulation platforms researchers and engineers increasingly rely on to test and train the machines being primed to take control of the family sedan. Companies from Ford Motor Co to Alphabet Inc’s Waymo may boast about putting no-hands models on the market in three years, but there’s a lot still to learn about drilling algorithms in how to respond when, say, a mattress falls off a truck on the freeway. 

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