Technology assists drivers but shouldn’t take over

Aaron Steinfeld works at the Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He is project lead on Safe Driving, a cluster of projects that develop intelligent vehicle technology for the elderly and disabled. One of these is Virtual Valet, a semi-autonomous parking system that allows drivers to get out of their vehicle and use video streaming on their smartphone to supervise the car as it parks itself. The vehicle keeps track of where it is, using lasers, cameras and inertial sensors.