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Self-driving cars have been an appealing futuristic goal since before KITT on Knight Rider. The United States Department of Defense created the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to promote the development of self-driving cars. Congress has allowed DARPA to host a grand challenge competition and award cash prizes for autonomous vehicles that could drive a 150-mile route through the Mojave Desert. Sebastian Thrun, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View, developed the robotic vehicle with his team in Stanford that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Thrun formerly led the Google X Project that has transformed their autonomous prototype into Google’s self-diving car today.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 26, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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