While automakers market increasingly intelligent cars, they may be missing the point. No matter how sophisticated the vehicle’s brain, suggests Alex (Sandy) Pentland, the smartest element on the road is still the human driver. In search of safe, responsive vehicles, designers should not think of separate components — machine and operator — but rather an integrated system comprising two complementary intelligences.
“The car ought to be trying to perceive the person’s intent actively, so it can prepare for what the person will do. And the person should be an integral part of the control process.” — Alex (Sandy) Pentland