The reality is that sci-fi KITT is almost here.
Recently I read articles Delphi car driving itself across the country as well as Tesla cars will be self-driving this summer. As of 2013 four states (Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan) have enacted some type of legislation to permit autonomous vehicles. This indicates legislators recognizing the emerging technology.
Also these autonomous vehicle have many sensors to gather data real-time which are processed by complex software algorithm. Radar technology is one such used in front and rear cross traffic alert systems.
Among the many potential advantages, few traffic collision is one of them. Likewise there are many obstacles too. Among them are disclaimer such as the one by Toyota "Do not rely exclusively on rear cross traffic alert or blind spot monitoring systems. These are driver assist devices and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving "
Is the reliability of systems such as rear cross traffic alert system, in a self-driving car the primary obstacle impeding the success of self-driving car with human as fall back option?