Auto Industry Interest Shifts Autonomous Cars Into Overdrive
Source Newsroom: Cornell University
Mark Campbell is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University who leads a research group that studies and builds autonomous systems, including an autonomous Chevy Tahoe that took part in several national competitions. Campbell comments on Tesla Motors’ recent announcement that it is developing a car capable of driving itself within the next three years.
“I have to admit that I did not think mass production was doable by 2020, but I am beginning to change my mind. The power of Google in this arena has been tremendous, as Google takes an approach that is more research-driven, cutting edge and riskier than the car companies.
“With both Google and car companies working in this area, I think it will be doable. I would imagine that the starting points are places with longer car commutes and laws that have been tackled, like California, whereas places like New York City will be harder because GPS coverage is more challenging with the tall buildings.”
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