Let the Robot Drive
The scientist Dr. Astro Teller once suggested that if you want a car to get 50 miles per gallon, you tweak the engine, but if you want it to get 500 miles per gallon, you have to start over.
This video is a news story about Zoox, a company that decided starting over was the right way to approach self-driving (“autonomous”) vehicles.
This story is from 2018, so one challenge you might take on is to see what you can learn about the company’s progress in the last few years.
In addition to learning some pretty cool engineering concepts, this video might help you think in new ways about old stuff, such as school. If you were told to create a school of the future, would you tweak the engine, or start over?
What do you know that could use a completely new approach?
Zoox’s $800M Robo Taxi Could Beat Tesla and Uber by Bloomberg Quicktake on YouTube (9:00)
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