While Google's bubble-shaped car putters around in California and Tesla's Autopilot guides cars into garages, Georgia Tech is taking autonomous driving to the extreme. A team of researchers from both the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Interactive Computing at the university have built AutoRally, an autonomous rally truck that pushes the limits of its performance.
The focus in autonomous driving lately has been on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), like automatic emergency braking, that are available right now in passenger cars. And our attention is easily diverted to fully autonomous test cars like Google's experiment. But now Otto promises to bring fully autonomous driving to long-haul semitrucks.