Driverless Cars Are Worse at Spotting Kids and Dark-Skinned People, Study Says

Driverless car systems have a bias problem, according to a new study from Kings College London. The study examined eight AI-powered pedestrian detection systems used for autonomous driving research. Researchers ran more than 8,000 images through the software and found that the self-driving car systems were nearly 20% better at detecting adult pedestrians than kids, and more than 7.5% better at detecting light-skinned pedestrians over dark-skinned ones. The AI were even worse at spotting dark-skinned people in low light and low settings, making the tech even less safe at night.

For children and people of color, crossing the street could get more dangerous in the near future…

The study didn’t test the exact same software used by driverless car companies that already have their products on the streets, but it adds to growing safety concerns as the cars become more common.