Microsoft Develops an AI-powered System to Replace Driving Instructors
Microsoft is working on a project aiming to replace driving instructors during driving tests. The company has already tested this solution in the city of Dehradun, India, the official blog post on the matter reads.
Microsoft came up with its new smartphone-based HAMS (Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety) system. Through using the smartphone’s front and rear cameras, and other sensors, HAMS monitors the road scene and the driver’s gaze in real-time, while the AI analyzes his or her actions.
HAMS system is capable of evaluating driving student’s skills in parallel parking, negotiating roundabouts, and other manoeuvres, while also tracking and measuring the level of driver distraction (for instance, it checks whether the driver scanned the mirrors before effecting a lane change).
After having all the necessary data collected, HAMS decides on the results of each driving test. In case of disagreement on their test results, applicants have the option of viewing a video recording of their test drive, to know if the system treated them fairly.
As reported by Microsoft, more than 50 candidates have already taken the AI-enabled driving license test. The company assumes that HAMS system is likely to be applied in other towns and cities both in and outside India, not specifying when exactly this could possibly happen though.