Debate Rages Over Self-Driving Car Software

Is a self-driving car safe if its software is made by different companies—or does one firm need to make all the key pieces? That’s one of the biggest questions in the self-driving car field right now. And the answer will determine whether the likes of Alphabet’s Waymo and Ford have a clear edge over rivals like BMW, Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen/Audi.

Billions of dollars are being poured into both sides of the debate. Chances are, only one will be right. And whoever is right will get a head start on the other side.

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Mr. Iandola says his perception system is being developed for multiple types of autonomous cars—for instance, ride-hailing fleets and long-haul trucks—that need to use different motion planners because they need to drive differently on the road. A modular perception system like DeepScale’s would thus help the carmaker avoid needing to customize a perception system to the different motion planners.

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“You could...split the software into 50 different parts developed by teams all over the world” and “make it work on a whiteboard, but when you put everything together and it doesn't work quite right, good luck sorting that out.”