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Racing Robocars

For a century the car industry has used racing to drive innovation. But with self-driving cars, it’s not happening. Companies are more concerned about embarrassing and expensive failures than speed and nimbleness, so much so that the biggest risk of robocars on the roads is slowing and blocking traffic. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for the big robocar makers to put their pedal to the metal - we can do it ourselves. Ten years ago, Chris Anderson helped kickstart the modern drone industry by adding the letters “DIY” to what was until then the sole domain of governments and aerospace companies, and today we have millions of DIY drones in the air. Now the same thing is happening with autonomous cars, where for less than $200 you can make your own small autonomous car that uses the same kinds of sensors and AI code as the full-size one, but can be used safely indoors. In this presentation Chris will talk about what DIY Robocars can teach us about autonomous cars, how to build and race them and the next steps in sensors and software that will allow them to beat the fastest humans by the end of the year.

Speaker: Chris Anderson, 3DR

Thursday, 04/18/19


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