Our partner Mike Volpi explores the future of transporation and the implications that the self-driving cars will have on the broader ecosystem.
It feels like a magic carpet ride. Sitting in the back of a self-driving car, I am dazzled by how flawlessly the vehicle negotiates freeway onramp merges, stops before a pedestrian crossing in a school zone, and smoothly avoids a careless human driver turning into its lane at an intersection.
In the 30 years that I’ve been in the technology industry, the challenge of making a car drive itself has been one of the most complex and multifaceted ones I have experienced. It takes an intricate blend of artificial intelligence (AI), physics, semiconductor technology, mechanical engineering, optics, and software that all come together to do something we humans find almost to be second nature.