[Originally posted in Scientific American]
Long a staple of science fiction, self-driving vehicles that act as robot chauffeurs have been a cultural dream for decades. For most of that time, however, the dream seemed a part of some unattainable future.
But now, led in large part by Google’s sudden and unexpected charge, autonomous robot cars come tantalizingly close to reality. As various mapping, sensing and location-based technologies have converged recently, Google has begun to position itself as the leader of our robo-chauffeur future. Yet for all of the technology’s promise, it still has some major—and perhaps insurmountable—hurdles to overcome. [read the entire article @ Scientific American]