Autonomous vehicles, cars that drive themselves unaided by humans, have been tested in many cities around the US and the world. Indeed, many currently available automobiles are equipped with some level of ability to self-drive. In this talk, we review current state-of-the-art autonomous vehicles, learn how they operate, and look at the challenges that will be faced in order to make this technology more widely available and useful in the future.

Charles (Chuck) Fleddermann is a professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of engineering at UNM. He has taught courses on professionalism and ethics in engineering at UNM as well as to the larger engineering community. His book, Engineering Ethics, is now in its fourth edition. Fleddermann received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.