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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: SEBASTIAN THRUN - INVENTOR

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Earlier this week I read the amazing story of the race to develop automobiles that drive themselves. In essence, we're talking about autopilot for cars. They steer, brake, change lanes, park themselves, etc. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (aka DARPA which, by the way, brought us the Internet) is sponsoring a competition to spur development of these vehicles which can really help mankind by saving lives by preventing accidents involving human error (which are most) and dramatically increasing the number of vehicles on the same roads (thus reducing urban sprawl). Plus, you can save a whole lot of stress each day if you didn't have to pay attention to traffic.



In 2005, German immigrant Sebastian Thrun led the Stanford University team in the creation of Stanley, an automated automobile that won his university the $2,000,000 prize. Stanley is a modified Volkswagon Taurag that managed to run through a 132 mile course in just over six hours without the benefit of a driver. Incidentally, Professor Thrun was on Popular Science's 2005 Brilliant Ten list. Very cool, Professor Thrun!

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  1. JoeF's Avatar
    Just a little typo correction. The car is a Volkwagen Touareg.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Touareg
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