The next big thing from Stanford: Robotic Cars?

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Mike Montemerlo is one smart dude. He works on Stanford University’s DARPA challenge team which is building a robotic car that’ll be able to negotiate a course without humans being involved.

Anyway, we have a 30 minute conversation about the future of automobiles.

We talk about the algorithms he’s designing (he’s the lead software guy on the project). What the challenge is this year (last year the team won $2 million). What real-world-things this car could affect.

I think you’ll find this conversation fascinating.

The interview was done in Stanford University’s Computer Science department. The Bill Gates building. Can you imagine the guys who started Google meeting around this conference table and working out their plans?