Five ways your safety depends on machine learning

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Number two, prevent traffic accidents and other transportation mishaps. Car companies and the military use machine learning to make driving safer -- to detect when a vehicle's driver is not alert due to distraction, fatigue, or intoxication, and to predict when vehicle parts will fail in order to proactively plan maintenance. And there's no stopping autonomous vehicles, a development largely driven by the promise of improved safety records, in comparison to the recent, century-long experiment during which we allowed humans to drive them. Self-driving cars run on machine learning, which identifies objects in the vicinity, predicts their movements, and optimizes navigation. Train companies are also on the right track.