IBM Could Have a Solution to One of Self-Driving Cars’ Biggest Problems

It’s the computer-to-human transition that’s the tricky one, says Aaron Steinfeld, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University who researches the relationship between people and complicated systems.

The dynamic between human drivers and autonomous vehicles is complicated, but researchers at IBM have patented a new cognitive system that could help determine if and when a person—or the self-driving system—should take control. It’s based on a variety of indicators, including factors like human fatigue and emotional state, as well as the overall mechanical function of the vehicle.