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Stanford engineering students teach autonomous cars to avoid obstacles

June 30, 2015 || Stanford News Service

The best way to survive a car accident is to avoid collisions in the first place. Professor Chris Gerdes' engineering students are developing algorithms and pop-up obstacles that could lead to safe autonomous driving.

Chris Gerdes, "Who Will Be Driving on the Highway of the Future?"

February 26, 2014 || Stanford Connects

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Sharing some of the exciting work happening at Stanford around self-driving cars, Professor Chris Gerdes highlights the student-built P1 vehicle and Shelley, an Audi TTS. He emphasizes the importance of safety and the role of the "big red button" as well as issues around ethics -- are self driving vehicles cars, or robots?

Shelley, Stanford's Robotic Car, Hits the Track

August 10, 2012 || Stanford News Service

Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 mph on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better.

TEDxStanford 2012 - The Future Race Car

August 3, 2012 || TEDxStanford 2012

Auto pilot meets human pilot on the road: Chris Gerdes at TEDxStanford

Stanford Autonomous Car

June 28, 2012 || North State News

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.