AI in cars could soon prevent Charlottesville-style attacks

Artificial intelligence could soon prevent car ramming attacks like the one Saturday in Charlottesville, the head of Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Australia told a newspaper there.  Emil Bolongaita said in an interview with the Herald Sun that technology that would stop cars from being driven into pedestrians could “explode in the decade.”
“The research that my colleagues are working on is driven by the desire to if not totally eradicate, then reduce fatalities and accidents. That includes individuals who use vehicles as weapons,” Bolongaita said.  “The goal is to manufacture vehicles with artificial intelligence in them so that they will refuse to crash and proceed when there is a human being in front of them. They will automatically stop and refuse to proceed.”