Quick teaching topic: self-driving cars This presentation centers around three videos on self-driving cars. I use it to illustrate the role of research and prototypes in product development, as an example of embedded computers -- the Internet of things -- and as an (unconventional) example of an expert system. There are three short videos and four slides. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.
Berlin Free University self-driving car Test drive video (1m 53s)
Audi, autonomous race car On a track On Pikes Peak
Audi, programming a race car An expert system
Where we are and what we hope to gain CBS News video from CES (4m 7s)
Self-study questions • Find and summarize articles on these advantages of self-driving cars: • Car sharing • Improved safety • Less paved area for roads and parking • Energy savings
Resources LA Times article on Audi NY Times article on self-driving cars Fortune article on self-driving cars and more from Google NY Times article on MIT folding car (related) BBC article on self-driving cars in the UK