Published on July 23, 2019 by

Chris Urmson was the CTO of the Google Self-Driving Car team, a key engineer and leader behind the Carnegie Mellon autonomous vehicle entries in the DARPA grand challenges and the winner of the DARPA urban challenge. Today he is the CEO of Aurora Innovation, an autonomous vehicle software company he started with Sterling Anderson, who was the former director of Tesla Autopilot, and Drew Bagnell, Uber’s former autonomy and perception lead. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

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0:00 – Introduction
1:09 – CMU and the DARPA Challenges
5:12 – Red Whittaker and Leadership
12:54 – Hardest part about autonomous driving
14:00 – LIDAR
16:42 – Sensor suite cost
19:19 – Level 2 autonomy and the human factor
24:28 – Level 4 autonomy and demonstrating safety
32:00 – Public perception
34:40 – Deployment at scale
38:25 – Most impactful breakthroughs
39:50 – Pedestrian and cyclists
42:25 – Aurora path forward

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