7 Mar 19

Are self-driving cars racist?

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that self-driving vehicles are better at recognising light-skinned pedestrians than pedestrians with a darker complexion.

The researchers tested eight object recognition systems and discovered there was a five percentage point difference in recognition of pedestrians with darker skin tones. There was no difference in test results in the dark or when it was raining.

"We hope this study provides compelling evidence of the real problem that may arise if this source of capture bias is not considered before deploying these sort of recognition models," the study concluded.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck