Researchers teach autonomous car how to safely avoid 'selfish' motorists by using social psychology

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Researchers at MIT say they've made progress in helping self-driving vehicles drive harmoniously with aggressive motorists.

The system, developed by researchers by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, uses social psychology tools to classify drivers as either selfish or selfless.

Humans - Means - Intentions - Behavior - Wilko

'Working with and around humans means figuring out their intentions to better understand their behavior,' says Wilko Schwarting, lead author on the new paper that will be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

'People’s tendencies to be collaborative or competitive often spills over into how they behave as drivers. In this paper, we sought to understand if this was something we could actually quantify.'

System - Behavior - Value - Orientation - SVO

Specifically, the system - which was trained by observing human driving behavior - uses social value orientation (SVO) to assign opposing cars on the road with a likelihood of being 'cooperative, altruistic, or egoistic.'

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