The Big Bang of autonomous driving DARPA Challenge

You may have wondered: How in the world did all this start?
The answer surprises many.
There was a Big Bang on a Saturday in November 2007, and chances are you missed it.
“That was the moment,” agrees Red Whittaker, a leading robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who has spent his career exploring and patenting ways to automate mining, farming and industrial vehicles.