The idea of the self-driving vehicle may seem new, but in fact the vision was formed decades ago, when roboticists such as Dr. Hans Moravec assessed the monumental scientific challenges posed by the idea of autonomous machines, and said, why not?
His thesis, as a doctoral student at Stanford University in the ‘70s, laid out plans for the creation of a self-driving prototype, certainly among the world’s first. The project produced a working robotic vehicle. It had a top speed of one room per five hours, state of the art in its day. Dr. Moravec viewed the proof of concept as a success, although it was clear that bringing the technology to market would require a lifetime of effort. He stuck with it.