The limits of computer vision are coming into sharp focus

It is clear that machine learning systems will have a role in the AV sensor suite, but overreliance could have grim consequences. By Xavier Boucherat

Unless you live in Australia, you are unlikely to have heard of Ben Fordham. A veteran reporter and presenter of over 20 years, Fordham is considered by some the king of Sydney breakfast radio, and known for his stormy rhetoric. He is also known for causing at least one Tesla owner some problems. In September 2020, a video from David Jones, host of the popular EEVBlog, explained that his car’s Autopilot had incorrectly identified a large image of Fordham on the side of a bus as a pedestrian, bringing the car to a standstill. The advert for ‘Ben Fordham Live’, it turned out, exemplified perfectly the current limits of computer vision.

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