Prof. John Leonard offers reality check on Google's self-driving cars

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CSAIL researcher John Leonard, who pioneered one of the basic navigation techniques used in autonomous vehicles, has been optimistic if a bit skeptical about Google's much-hyped self-driving cars.

He has taken his camera to the streets of Cambridge to hunt for situations that might be challenging for robot vehicles - including jaywalking, traffic cops, merging, and obscured lane markers.


Read more in a recent New York Times story on "Police, Pedestrians and the Social Ballet of Merging", and watch Leonard discuss the issue on Bloomberg TV.