The following video is a TED talk delivered in Vancouver, BC in March, 2015 by Chris Urmson, head of Google’s self-driving car program. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next. Why would we want this to be developed? Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is the driver, and self-driving cars can make the average commute, 50 minutes today, much safer.
One quote from this TED Talk that I found most interesting: “1.2 million people are killed on the world’s roads every year. In America alone, 33,000 people are killed each year. To put that in perspective, that’s the same as a 737 falling out of the sky every working day.”