Autonomous Vehicles for Personal Transport: A Technology Assessment

13 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2011  

Matthew Michaels Moore

California Institute of Technology

Beverly Lu

California Institute of Technology

Date Written: June 2, 2011

Abstract

Whether it was flying cars or jetpacks, we were all promised a compelling vision of the future at some point in our childhoods. And, although it may seem like science fiction, autonomous vehicles — cars that drive themselves — are more than just a promise; they are a growing reality. The widespread coverage in October 2010 of Google’s fleet of Toyota Prii that continue to navigate the highways of California was a clear message to the world that this technology is fact, not fiction. Questions remain, however, as to whether or not the world and the marketplace are ready for this technology.

To explore this topic, we conducted an assessment of the current status of autonomous vehicle technologies in the U.S to the best of our own extent. We focused mainly on those technologies that are applicable to modern cars driven on existing, unmodified public roads. Our geographical focus was mainly on the west coast of the United States where a hotbed of activity regarding this technology is located.

Keywords: driverless vehicle, automatic driving, Google, autonomous car, adaptive cruise control, Caltech

JEL Classification: O3, R4

Suggested Citation

Moore, Matthew Michaels and Lu, Beverly, Autonomous Vehicles for Personal Transport: A Technology Assessment (June 2, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1865047 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1865047

Matthew Michaels Moore (Contact Author)

California Institute of Technology ( email )

Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.mayo.caltech.edu/people/moore.html

Beverly Lu

California Institute of Technology ( email )

Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

HOME PAGE: http://tirrell-lab.caltech.edu/members

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