Autonomous cars: hands on the wheel for now

SHOT LIST AFP VIDEOGRAPHICS IMAGES: 01:53 - Close-up image of the rear of a car speeding along a road.- Inside the car, three passengers are talking; apparently there is no driver.- Back to a car, aerial shot.- Roadside shot of the car speeding away into the distance.- Close-up of three pedals, the driver's feet are on the pedals.- Urban scene, rear close-up shot of cars stuck in a traffic jam.- View from inside the car over a two-lane ramp. Signs read level 0 to level 5, the levels of automation.- Level 0 is seen as a traffic sign.- Suburban scedne, a man walks across the road without looking, a car screeches to a halt. Blue rings indicate the range of the sensors.- Inside a moving car, close-up of a wing mirror and a yellow lamp indicating a blind spot danger.- Overhead shot of a car slipping across the lane line.- Overhead shot, we see a car slipping out of its correct lane.- We see level 1 overhead sign.- Aerial shot of a car, circles by a blue ring. It avoids a stationary vehicle.- Cut to the same vehicle reacting in an urban setting.- Level 2 sign. A car at a junction makes to turn right, stops as a car coming in the opposite direction narrowly avoids it.- Shot inside a moving car, the driver has his head turned to the camera, he is speaking.- Aerial shot of an urban traffic jam.- Shot of a driver from inside the car, rear seat. We see the driver re-take control of the vehicle.- Level 4, we see people talking inside a car, no one is driving.- Switch to a driverless taxi.- A futuristic driverless vehicle is seen.- Level 5, a desert scene, cars pass on a road. A man is seen falling asleep at the wheel of his car.- The car arrives at a motel at night. AFP TEXT STORYSeptember 18, 2020 A driver who allegedly set his car to autopilot and then took a nap as it broke the speed limit on a rural Canadian highway has been charged with dangerous driving, police said. The incident took place near the town of Ponoka in Alberta province, the local force said in a tweet on Thursday. "The car appeared to be self-driving, travelling over 140 km/h with both front seats completely reclined & occupants appeared to be asleep," it said. According to Canadian public broadcaster CBC, the car was an electric Tesla model set to autopilot and the man charged was 20 years old. The speed limit on that section of the highway is 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph), it added...(continues) SCRIPT ENAsk anyone in the auto sector and they will tell you autonomous vehicles like these are the future of car transport. (nous voyons des vehicules ultra futurist sans volant ni freins etc dans un contexte urbain).(Fin de sequence de reve) But that’s a long way off: today the driver is still fully responsible for controlling the vehicle at all times…Let’s look at the six levels of driving automation: Level 0: The driver controls the vehicle at all times. The vehicle has very limited autonomous features: automatic emergency braking; blind spot warnings; lane departure indicators. Level 1: The driver has steering OR brake OR acceleration support. And, for example, lane centering, OR adaptive cruise control…but not all of these features together.Level 2: Now the car is can manage at least two autonomous tasks simultaneously: braking, AND acceleration, OR lane centering….but the driver must be vigilant.Level 3: The vehicle is able to manage most driving functions on its own. But in limited circumstances: traffic jams for example. When the car says so, the driver MUST take over.Level 4: (passenger relaxes in the back). There might not be any steering wheel in the car at all! Imagine: a driverless taxi or shuttle. The car is fully automated and can be operated in most road conditions and many different environments. Level 5: Passengers are now travelling in a vehicle that can drive itself in all environments at any time of the day or night and in any weather conditions. This is the fully automated vehicle…

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