Once a physics teacher in the Navy, now a ‘car guy’ at Stanford
John Alsterda, a doctoral student who is developing a new emergency avoidance controller for self-driving cars, is one of 91 military service veterans studying at Stanford.
January 16, 2020
Driving sideways to move forward: Stanford engineers show how an autonomous, drifting DeLorean can improve driver safety
Engineers in Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab are teaching a driverless DeLorean to steer with the agility and precision of a human driver.
December 20, 2019
Look Who's Driving
After years of anticipation, autonomous vehicles are now being tested on public roads around the world.
October 23, 2019
Stanford autonomous car learns to handle unknown conditions
In order to make autonomous cars navigate more safely in difficult conditions researchers are developing new control systems that learn from real-world driving experiences
March 27, 2019
MARTY Autonomously Drifts Large Figure 8s
The Dynamic Design Lab's autonomous electric DeLorean, MARTY, repeatedly executes a highly dynamic figure 8 drifting maneuver at 50 km/h.
October 01, 2018
The Future of Everything - Live taping of SiriusXM radio show with Russ Altman, featuring Prof Chris Gerdes
May 10, 2018
In Two Years, There Could Be 10 Million Self-Driving Cars on the Roads
Stephen Zoepf, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, has a wager with a friend over the future of driverless cars.
March 07, 2018
Open Garage Talk: Pushing the Virtual Divide
Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer, Gran Turismo was the featured speaker at the March 2, 2018 Open Garage Talk, Pushing the Virtual Divide
March 02, 2018
January 23, 2018
October 14, 2017
Open Garage Talk: The Future of the Motor Enthusiast
At a recent Open Garage Talk event, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Stefano Domenicali spoke with Stanford professor of mechanical engineering Chris Gerdes
May 30, 2017
Modeling the Possibilities: From the chalkboard to the race track to the world beyond
Simple mathematical models of physical systems give us tremendous insight into the nature of their underlying dynamics and the control challenges they present.
May 30, 2017
May 03, 2017
Chief Innovation Officers: An Unclear Role in the Federal Government
Today, federal chief innovation officers are significantly less common than the emerging role of chief data officer.
December 12, 2016
Taking back control of an autonomous car affects human steering behavior, Stanford research shows
When human drivers retake control of an autonomous car, the transition could be problematic, depending on how conditions have changed since they were last at the wheel.
December 06, 2016
Humans may falter when taking control of self-driving cars
The sort-of-self-driving cars of the near future might pose a problem.
December 06, 2016
Doing the Coolest Thing
Chris Gerdes might not be reinventing the wheel, but he is certainly reinventing the way we use it. Gerdes is a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University.
November 18, 2016
DOT needs engineers’ help with automated vehicle policy
Transportation Department Chief Innovation Officer Chris Gerdes made an appeal Wednesday for automated vehicle policy development.
October 27, 2016
Government at the Speed of Silicon Valley
Can the federal government possibly keep pace with private-sector innovators?
October 06, 2016
Prototyping in Government: Short Take on Big Ideas
Chris Gerdes spent a year at the United States Department of Transportation as its first Chief Innovation Officer.
September 19, 2016