We have a lot of concerns about Facebook’s upcoming autonomous car, but at least one of those concerns is a bit less dire than many might think.
The company’s self, or self-aware vehicle, was revealed in a new report that is the culmination of a long-running project called Project Loon.
The report details the efforts of Facebook engineers who were tasked with building the vehicle and working with a group of outside experts who are developing the vehicle’s hardware and software.
The self-awareness software is described as a combination of a human-computer interface (HCI) and artificial intelligence (AI).
The self’s “knowledge of itself,” according to the report, is used to control its interactions.
Facebook is developing its self-driven vehicle with a $20 million seed funding round led by General Catalyst, an investor in the Google self-drive project.
“The project is a game-changer,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post.
“This will fundamentally change the way we interact with our cars, and make the world a safer, more connected place.”
Facebook is working on building a self-flying car and is aiming to have it ready for public use by 2021.
Facebook’s autonomous car project is focused on three key areas: The project aims to build an HCI-based vehicle that can sense the environment and then use machine learning to predict where it should land.
This could be done by using cameras, lidar, or other sensors.
The car would then drive itself to the spot where it wants to land, and then follow the GPS signals of the way it has flown.
The system could also be used to determine where a person is, such as where they are going to shop or if they have a grocery bag nearby.
The project is also developing a driverless drone that would take off and land safely.
These two areas are crucial for Facebook’s ambitious plan to bring self-controlled cars to the masses.
For instance, the company wants to allow drivers to use the car to drive themselves around town, but that technology is currently only available for cars that have an onboard navigation system.
The other area is what the company is calling “social engineering.”
The self is a “synthetic agent” that has to be trained to be friendly to the driver, said a Facebook employee quoted in the report.
The process involves teaching the car the right commands so that it doesn’t hurt anyone.
“What we’re trying to do is teach the AI the right things to do,” the source told the report about training the self-conscious robot.
The researchers said the self will be trained in a variety of ways, such to behave like a robot, and will even be able to speak, if necessary.
It is not clear how many of these features Facebook is building will be incorporated into the self.
Facebook has previously acknowledged that it is working with other automakers on a car called the Model 3, which it says will be ready in 2021.