12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Google’s Self-Driving Cars

This weekend, the New Yorker published an incredible story by Burkhard Bilger on Google’s automated cars. This story does for engineering what All the President’s Men did for journalism: It makes decades of grueling work seem like a picaresque adventure of discovery. Here are a few things about self-driving cars that we learned from this article…
 They were up against competition from Carnegie Mellon, funded by GM, and Caltech with Northrup Grumman  In the first challenge, the Carnegie team made it seven and a half miles before crashing and burning. The motorcycle made it just a few feet.