Brad Templeton – Robocars


Brad Templeton

  • Helped build Usenet- helped build the Internet in the 70s
  • Human Drivers – 34,000 each year are killed in the US, cost $871 billion, 1.2 million die worldwide.
    • 40% of fatalities due to drinking, 80% of accidents due to inattention.
    • Humans drive accumulative 1.7 light years driving per year.
  • Self-driving cars are here NOW.
    • Mercedes and BMW have cars that can drive themselves in traffic jams NOW. Can actually be purchase.

OVERHEARD: Where’s the fun if the car drives for you?

  • People with disabilities could benefit from this.
  • Poor man’s teleporter – compared to Uber
  • Could use far less energy than we use now.

Moore’s Law comes to transportation

  • Anything could be delivered in 30 minutes with small delivery robots.


My Q: How much does Open Source play a part?

Source code for Stanford car that won the project (people hired by Google) was run by open-source code, available on SourceForge.  Most companies have proprietary code and are keeping that locked-down, most is confidential, source code cannot be audited in those instances.

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