Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World

Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World

An automotive and tech world insider investigates the quest to develop and perfect the driverless car?an innovation that promises to be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone We stand on the brink of a technological revolution. Soon, few of us will own our own automobiles and instead will get around in driverless electric vehicles that we summon An automotive and tech world insider investigates the quest to develop and perfect the driverless car?an innovatio...

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Title:Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World
Author:Lawrence D. Burns
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Genres:Science
ISBN:0062661140
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World Reviews

  • Jeremy
    Sep 22, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

  • Barry
    Sep 28, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

  • Senthil Kumaran
    Mar 02, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

  • Dillon
    Mar 05, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

  • Farhan Lalji
    Jan 03, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

  • Ross
    Nov 27, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

  • Jenna
    Mar 08, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

  • Pete
    Sep 07, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

  • Barry Levene
    Nov 11, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

  • João Cortez
    Feb 09, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

    Woah this is a great book! Maybe I?m biased as a Recruiter for Waymo but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learning about the history of self driving cars was super fascinating and it was all presented in a very captivating way. Throughout reading the book and after finishing, ...

    Very interesting story starting about autonomous cars - something that seemed sci-fi just a few years ago. It starts with the history of the DARPA challenges and it ends with Waymo. It describes how the established auto and oil industry will be disrupted and how the future of mobility ...

  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 03, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

  • Ken Hamner
    Sep 27, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

  • Tim Dugan
    Sep 05, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

  • Jen
    Dec 31, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

    Woah this is a great book! Maybe I?m biased as a Recruiter for Waymo but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learning about the history of self driving cars was super fascinating and it was all presented in a very captivating way. Throughout reading the book and after finishing, ...

    Very interesting story starting about autonomous cars - something that seemed sci-fi just a few years ago. It starts with the history of the DARPA challenges and it ends with Waymo. It describes how the established auto and oil industry will be disrupted and how the future of mobility ...

    A great introduction to the history of self-driving vehicles from the early days of the DARPA races to the recent rivalry between Google and Uber. The author is an auto industry insider and an EV pioneer; and is clearly a firm believer in the technology. Highly recommended to anyone in...

    This is a great read/listen on the history of autonomous cars leading up to 2018 when much of this has come to the fore. The author, an exec from GM and then Waymo provides an inside view at how this technology came to be and the people who shaped the brief history of autonomous cars. ...

    A pretty compelling history of autonomous vehicles and the car industry. It is very much biased in favor of AVs but I think that's obvious from the get go. A great read to understand how we got to where we are now. ...

  • Joel
    Nov 30, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

  • Daniel
    Sep 26, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

  • Maggie Graupera
    Dec 05, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

    Woah this is a great book! Maybe I?m biased as a Recruiter for Waymo but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learning about the history of self driving cars was super fascinating and it was all presented in a very captivating way. Throughout reading the book and after finishing, ...

  • Rangaprabhu Parthasarathy
    Apr 03, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

    Woah this is a great book! Maybe I?m biased as a Recruiter for Waymo but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learning about the history of self driving cars was super fascinating and it was all presented in a very captivating way. Throughout reading the book and after finishing, ...

    Very interesting story starting about autonomous cars - something that seemed sci-fi just a few years ago. It starts with the history of the DARPA challenges and it ends with Waymo. It describes how the established auto and oil industry will be disrupted and how the future of mobility ...

    A great introduction to the history of self-driving vehicles from the early days of the DARPA races to the recent rivalry between Google and Uber. The author is an auto industry insider and an EV pioneer; and is clearly a firm believer in the technology. Highly recommended to anyone in...

    This is a great read/listen on the history of autonomous cars leading up to 2018 when much of this has come to the fore. The author, an exec from GM and then Waymo provides an inside view at how this technology came to be and the people who shaped the brief history of autonomous cars. ...

  • Andrew
    Mar 08, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

  • Kursad Albayraktaroglu
    Nov 14, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

    Woah this is a great book! Maybe I?m biased as a Recruiter for Waymo but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learning about the history of self driving cars was super fascinating and it was all presented in a very captivating way. Throughout reading the book and after finishing, ...

    Very interesting story starting about autonomous cars - something that seemed sci-fi just a few years ago. It starts with the history of the DARPA challenges and it ends with Waymo. It describes how the established auto and oil industry will be disrupted and how the future of mobility ...

    A great introduction to the history of self-driving vehicles from the early days of the DARPA races to the recent rivalry between Google and Uber. The author is an auto industry insider and an EV pioneer; and is clearly a firm believer in the technology. Highly recommended to anyone in...

  • Joonas Kiminki
    Sep 04, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

  • Parikshith Gautham
    Oct 30, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

    Woah this is a great book! Maybe I?m biased as a Recruiter for Waymo but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learning about the history of self driving cars was super fascinating and it was all presented in a very captivating way. Throughout reading the book and after finishing, ...

    Very interesting story starting about autonomous cars - something that seemed sci-fi just a few years ago. It starts with the history of the DARPA challenges and it ends with Waymo. It describes how the established auto and oil industry will be disrupted and how the future of mobility ...

    A great introduction to the history of self-driving vehicles from the early days of the DARPA races to the recent rivalry between Google and Uber. The author is an auto industry insider and an EV pioneer; and is clearly a firm believer in the technology. Highly recommended to anyone in...

    This is a great read/listen on the history of autonomous cars leading up to 2018 when much of this has come to the fore. The author, an exec from GM and then Waymo provides an inside view at how this technology came to be and the people who shaped the brief history of autonomous cars. ...

    A pretty compelling history of autonomous vehicles and the car industry. It is very much biased in favor of AVs but I think that's obvious from the get go. A great read to understand how we got to where we are now. ...

    Loved it!! A fascinating read, in my opinion. The authors provide the past, present and the future of self-driving vehicles and how the concept of personal mobility will transform and improvise in the coming years. ...

  • Guillaume Boisset
    Oct 14, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

  • Carlosfelipe Pardo
    Nov 04, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

  • Kevin
    Sep 04, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

  • Kumar S Ayyagari
    Apr 19, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

    Great read . Me and my wife have avoided buying a 2nd car, simply cos of the abundance of automobiles around us. Uber/ Lyft have been it possible to lead a suburban life with 1 or no cars. We?ve supplemented our ability to get around with an electric bike ( Radwagon) . Looking forwar...

  • Stephen
    Sep 23, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

  • Joe
    Sep 30, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

  • Jon
    Dec 01, 2018

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...

    Children born today may never have their drivers license. The autonomous vehicle is coming, and it will likely be a service rather than everybody owning a car. Reading this book made me want to stop driving and get an automated vehicle to drive me places. The author gives a very compel...

    I loved this book, and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence Burns on tour. This book gets into it all: DARPA challenges, the creation of Google's Self-Driving Car project, tensions within that project, Uber/Levandowski -- as well as changes in the auto industry and the author's long ti...

  • Groucho42
    Feb 14, 2019

    If you own a car, you know what a headache and huge responsibility (not to mention expense!) they can be. If you rely on public transportation, you know how limiting and unreliable it is (at least in most places in the USA) and how long you often have to wait. It's difficult for most o...

    Tech history, starting with the DARPA self-driving challenge races in 2004. His info is good; his writing is, well, adequate. But the material pretty much makes up for that. 3.5 stars, rounded down for the fluff and filler. Book needed a more critical final edit, which you, the reader,...

    I was at the Urban Challenge in 2007 (still have the T shirt). It was amazing standing next to the road watching cars and trucks go by with no one in them, including 32,000-pound TerraMax, which had to be deactivated before it took out a building. The MIT entry kept braking for shadows...

    Want to understand autonomous cars? Start here No, seriously. This book goes all the way back to concept cars like Sandstorm and Autonomy to today's developers like Tesla, Uber and Waymo. Complete with the office politics, the engineering and the political problems. I also recomm...

    A beautifully written view into the past, present and future of mobility. I hugely enjoyed the fluent storytelling and balanced handling of the topics covered, respecting the accomplishents of both Detroit and Silicon Valley. I don?t always rate my books ????? but when ...

    Interesting history of the development of self-driving vehicles from the beginning of the idea around 2000 up to the beginning of 2018 by one of the key engineer executives working on the designs. I wish there were a good deal more about the actual technology, rather than just the com...

    If you're interested in autonomous vehicles and the future of automobiles then this is a great read. Found it engaging and enlightening. ...

    The book focuses too much on the author's personal experience working with the Google team and downplays or glosses over almost all others' contributions. ...

    Great read> This will change your view of the future. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall a good read on the history and major players in the AV space. My major complaint is that the author only acknowledges the positive AV scenario, but doesn?t consider things such as more vehicle miles traveled due to the fact that the car is driving for you, or potentially wors...

    One of the best books I?ve read about emerging technologies and the impact they will have. Highly recommended. ...

    Autonomy : The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - And How It Will Reshape Our World (2018) by Lawrence D Burns and Christopher Shulgan is the first insider account of efforts by big companies to create self-driving vehicles. Burns worked for decades for General Motors and was a V...

    The definitive history of AVs to date if you want to understand where we are and how we got here, read this book. Balances technical and non technical concepts well. Tells the story of all the key milestones with first hand accounts in many cases. Burns himself has had a front row s...

    Autonomy The book is full of great stories and Burns?s first-person account of what happened in the development of autonomous and non-gas vehicles. It also tells stories about some of the key contributors to the technology--Chris Urmson, Red Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun, Anthony Lev...

    Good info But why are electrics so rare? Why no self driving? Those are the obvious questions But also, he said electric cars will be cheaper....why is Tesla so damn pricy? And one of the things a fleet of taxis won?t handle: rush hour. This has to be solved by better mass ...

    This book reminded me of "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates. This is an impressive account on Self Driving Technology, that is about to come and consume us in the near future. The book is very well written. Initially, I had plenty of doubts on the author, Lawrence D Burn's style, thinking ...

    Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from within, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000?s, but ultima...

    We take driving for granted. Yet it would appear that out brains are doing a few million calculations per second just to keep us safe. Having read this book and all the scenarios that the programmers must incorporate to replicate our brains I am just amazed as to how we have evolved in...

    This book is a lot more than the history of autonomous vehicles. It is a tribute to the men and women of Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and others who have the vision, technical know-how, tenacity, and money to free us from internal combustion engines and dis...

    The book provides a detailed insider view on autonomous vehicle development, the DARPA challenges, and other related issues as part of the author's views on the future of transport. There is really useful info on who was doing what, very detailed descriptions on discussions and how dec...

    Good if somewhat incorrectly detailed book about the history of the search for the autonomous car and where things stand now. By the detail comment I mean there's not enough detail for the real geek and too much detail for the general reader wanting a history of what's going on. I feel...