“‘It was an important step to have autonomous ground vehicles that can navigate and drive across open and difficult terrain from city to city. But the next big leap will be an autonomous vehicle that can navigate and operate in traffic, a far more complex challenge for a ‘robotic’ driver. So this November we are very excited to be moving from the desert to the city with our Urban Challenge.’
“Dr. Tony Tether, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, House Armed Services Committee, Terrorism and Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, on March 21, 2007.”
The DARPA Urban Challenge, their website, this year.
I’m not sure how I feel, DARPA gives me the creeps, but I’m sure robotic drivers everywhere feel safer.