30 responses

  1. Ivan Malagurski
    August 19, 2012

    Way to go Stanford!

  2. arpad
    August 20, 2012

    That’s a neat demo although once you can go slow on a road with no surprises on it you can also go fast. What concerns me about autonomous cars is the ability to handle all the myriad unanticipated, and in many cases unanticipatable, dangers that can rear up suddenly.

    For instance, can an autonomous car detect and compensate for or avoid black ice? The laser range-finder just went out. What’s the car do? The car just went from half mile visibility fog to twenty yard visibilty fog. What now? A cat darts out into the street. What’s the car do? A cat darts out into the street from the right as an incautious driver opens his door on the left. Go straight and hit the cat while avoiding the drivier? Swerve and avoid the cat hitting the driver?

    The core problem of autonomous cars seems to have been solved. Now the edge conditions have to be addressed and it’ll be interesting to see how the smart folks at Standord and other schools adress the problem.

  3. Improbus
    August 20, 2012

    I can’t wait until Google can enter one of these cars in a NASCAR race … and win.

  4. Jessica231
    August 20, 2012


  5. mansky
    August 21, 2012

    are you going for the pun, or did you mean “pedal to the metal”? (petal to the mettle?)

  6. Cynic
    January 26, 2013

    i want one

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