NPR has a short interview with Chris Urmson, technical director of Google’s self-driving car project.
The interview focuses on whether human drivers should be able to take over from the computer or not.
Urmson has a neat analogy I hadn’t heard before:
You wouldn’t imagine that in the back of a taxi, we put an extra steering wheel or brake pedal there for the passenger to grab ahold of anytime. It would just be crazy to think about doing that.
Interestingly, Urmson notes that Google might allow human drivers to take control of the car from a standing start, because people might enjoy driving on the weekend.