Chris Gerdes talks about autonomous vehicles and the future of energy.
Chris Gerdes, Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)
Interviewed by: Jon Stewart
Imagine a car that can drive itself -- that with the push of a button can get you home safely when you’re too tired to drive or have had a night of one too many drinks. Dr. Chris Gerdes , the Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (conveniently acronymed CARS), and his team are developing a robotic race car, capable of driving at outrageous speeds while avoiding every possible accident. Gerdes’ research focuses on the development of driver assistance systems for collision avoidance, as well as on new combustion processes for engines.
Prior to teaching at Stanford, Gerdes was the project leader for vehicle dynamics at the Vehicle Systems Technology Center of Daimler-Benz Research and Technology North America. His work at Daimler focused on safety analysis.
Trained as an engineer before becoming a journalist
Spent five years working at BBC Radio 1, a music station in the UK, covering hard news as well as celebrities and pop stars
Covered a wide range of stories for the BBC, including from Iraq, and the London and Madrid bombings
Loves travelling and sports - currently exploring America and recently took part in a desert triathlon
Most memorable and emotional interview was with former astronaut, Jeff Hoffman who worked in space in 1993 to repair the Hubble Space telescope when it was found to have dodgy vision