Temple Grandin, Elon Musk And The Interesting Parallels Between Autonomous Vehicles And Autism

In response to the desire of autistic persons to drive, the autism society points out that there are no laws against driving with autism, but safety is key. To assess their ability to drive, they suggest there are some important factors and skills which should be mastered to drive safety. These include: Motor coordination, Pre-Planning, Flexibility to Change, Ability to Focus, Multi-task, Ability to Prioritize, and Social Judgement.

The issues faced by the autism community highly resonate with the critical challenges for autonomous vehicle progress, and are frankly quite fascinating for a computer scientist. Perhaps with the exception of “motor coordination” and “preplanning,” the rest of the required skills would be a challenge for nearly all autonomous systems today.