There’s a lot of talk about autonomous vehicles these days. Everyone seems to be trying to make the best one, or at least trying to perfect the technology. After all, you don’t want your self-driving Focus to drive you into a wall, do you? The thing is, how do you perfect the software needed to make cars work on their own. Apparently, you use GTA V. Um, okay then.
Real tech in a digital world
While it’s fun to imagine Trevor Phillips going into battle on the roads of Los Santos in a Google car, that’s not the case. Yes, that makes us sad too. We want to live in a world where our Vauxhall Mokka actively does its best to get you a five star wanted level. But alas, it’s not to be.
The science comes in the form of the variables and the chaos promoting algorithms the Rockstar has created. Think about it, the digital world within Grand Theft Auto V is rife with the random. Pedestrians bimble about. The weather changes. The Police enforce the law and most importantly of all, cars function autonomously.
The framework is already there. As such, developers of the real world cars can – via clever boffinrey that we don’t understand – put their software into vehicles within the game world. Then they can sit back and see how they cope. Furthermore, they can also interact with the cars to give them more of a challenge. By that we mean swerve in front of them or something. Not hit them with an RPG.
It’s utterly bonkers. A game famed for violence and being unkind to your fellow man could be a huge learning tool in the quest for perfect autonomous vehicles. We can be sure that it never crossed the minds of those who developed it.
We just hope it doesn’t make GTA VI really boring!