Dr. Lance Elliot is talking people into fruitless Suicide as Autonomous Vehicle Guinea pigs

The article I am referring to was written last year. Why am I writing about it now? Because Elliot thought it important enough to repost about it on Twitter. Doubling down on his gross negligence.


I have been following Elliot for a while. If you read his articles it seems it would be unreasonable to think he doesn’t actually get it. Instead of being an informed, professional and ethical voice on the topic, helping the industry to actually create autonomous vehicles, and spare people from dying as needless Guinea pigs, he chooses to mislead and sacrifice them instead. This is why Elon Musk, Mark Rosekind, and Philip Koopman are Pied Pipers. They use impressive credentials, partial science and engineering, acknowledge some of the issues while ignoring the worst of them, to make people think they are informed, correct, professional and ethical. All so they can convince people safety driving can be made safe in all scenarios, is needed to create autonomous vehicles so more lives can be saved, and the lives lost using it are necessary evils. The final result is the reader being convinced to put themselves and their families at more risk using or allowing for the process to continue. In many cases that believe they are part of an altruistic plan to save lives. When of course the exact opposite is happening. Why do they do this? My assumption is Occam’s Razor. Pride, ego and money. (These “folks” are not just friends and family members. They are the folks we need to expose this and stop it. The press, members of various levels of government etc.)

The FACT is it is impossible to drive the one trillion miles or spend over $300B to stumble and restumble on all the scenarios necessary to complete the effort. In addition, the process harms people for no reason. This occurs two ways. The first is through handover or fall back. A process that cannot be made safe for most complex scenarios, by any monitoring and notification system, because they cannot provide the time to regain proper situational awareness and do the right thing the right way, especially in time critical scenarios. The other dangerous area is training the systems to handle accident scenarios. In order do that AV makers will have to run thousands of accident scenarios thousands of times. that will cause thousands of injuries and deaths.

The solution, as I have clearly written about ad nauseum, is to switch 99.9% of that public shadow and safety driving to aerospace/DoD simulation technology and systems/safety engineering. (Not gaming engine-based systems as they have significant real-time and model fidelity flaws in complex scenarios).

(Given the title of this article I think my explaining the approach I use in these matters bears repeating. Clearly a less confrontational approach is preferred. Problem is if you look back in history reckless echo chambers that harm people for no value added, are not stopped because someone whispers please. They usually take some combination of tragedies and interventions. I would prefer the first child or family not be killed, so I choose direct intervention to hopefully avoid being the next case in human history to validate that pattern.)

Please find more information on this in my articles below

Using the Real World is better than Proper Simulation for Autonomous Vehicle Development — NONSENSE

The Hype of Geofencing for Autonomous Vehicles

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazine-End Public Shadow Driving

All the Autonomous Vehicle makers combined would not get remotely close to L4

My name is Michael DeKort — I am a former system engineer, engineering and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, the Aegis Weapon System, and on C4ISR for DHS.

Key Autonomous Vehicle Industry Participation

- Lead — SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving SAE Model and Simulation Task Force

- Member SAE ORAD Verification and Validation Task Force

- Expert — DIN/SAE International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS) group to create sensor simulation specs

- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

- Member of the IEEE Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems Policy Committee (AI&ASPC)

- Presented the IEEE Barus Ethics Award for Post 9/11 Efforts

My company is Dactle

Systems Engineer, Engineering/Program Management -- DoD/Aerospace/IT - Autonomous Systems Air & Ground, FAA Simulation, UAM, V2X, C4ISR, Cybersecurity

Systems Engineer, Engineering/Program Management -- DoD/Aerospace/IT - Autonomous Systems Air & Ground, FAA Simulation, UAM, V2X, C4ISR, Cybersecurity