Auto pilot meets human pilot on the road: Chris Gerdes at TEDxStanford
Chris Gerdes, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University and director of the center for autonomous research at Stanford (CARS), describes testing of driverless 2009 Audi TTS at Thunderhill Raceway Park west of Willows on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The autonomous car made its way around the 15-turn, 3-mile track with a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Thursday's testing also included having David Vodden, president and CEO of Thunderhill, drive the racetrack while monitoring his brain waves.
The autonomous Audi research car, a joint project involving the Audi Electronics Research Lab, Stanford University and Oracle, completed a non-stop ascent up the legendary 12.42-mile rally race route in September 2010. The results certified by organizers of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Motivation for the research is to develop technologies that could help motorists steer their way out of severe danger.