Despite what people might think, the biggest challenge to the fully-autonomous future is not technical or scientific, but in fact, societal. According to a survey from the American Automobile Association (AAA), 88% of the American adult population say that they would never trust riding in a self-driving car. It’s easy to dismiss this lack of trust as ignorance on the part of the American consumer, but it’s crucial that the automotive industry addresses consumer concerns with new developments in technology. Driving is quite safe overall—the US sees about one death per 100 million miles travelled.
Multiview perception is the key to demonstrating to consumers that autonomous vehicles can see and perform better than the average human. For example, unlike humans, multiview systems can identify an unfamiliar object in the distance, capture the precise distance from the vehicle, and stop in time. These systems capture high-resolution, accurate, robust data from the surrounding scenes, and are able to better and more reliably identify objects.