I'm curious about people's reaction to this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cdgQpa1pUUE
Overall, I'm impressed. They credit the local police department at the end, so I assume it was all done under carefully controlled conditions. I also wonder how representative the video is of the car's actual performance -- is this the 1% best driving it does, or would a trip like this go as smoothly every time?
There's a lot of path dependence (pun not intended) in our transportation system. It seems like it would be hard to get from where we are now, to a case where most cars are driving themselves most of the time. I'm sure we could
get there, but not sure what the route is.