Google’s head of self-driving cars talks the promise, challenges of the technology

Delivering the keynote address at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s annual meeting and exposition, held Monday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Urmson said much of Google’s focus on self-driving technology is on making its cars understand what is normal behavior.
“We’re at an incredible place in intelligent transportation systems and we’re making incredible progress,” he said. Urmson, who was hired by Google in 2009, has led the team that developed the Google Car. Prior to joining Google, Urmson earned his doctorate in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and while there served as director of technology for the CMU team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.