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How Safe Does the Google Car Have to Be?

Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/05/01/WIRED_Business_Conference_The_Intelligence_Revolution

Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University, discusses the Google self-driving car, and it’s higher safety standard than human-driven drivers. Despite its level of safety, it still has a tough road ahead of it in convincing people to trust it.

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Sebastian Thrun talks with Jason Tanz about the self-driving car. Thrun is a Google Fellow and professor of computer science at Stanford University. Thrun is director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). He led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which is exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. His team also developed Junior, which placed second at the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007.

Thrun is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, Thrun was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and also into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2007. In 2011, Thrun received the Max-Planck-Research Award.

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