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Demystifying Autonomous Driving

When Robert Whitehead invented the self-propelled torpedo in the 1860s, the early guidance system for maintaining depth was so new and essential he called it “The Secret.” Airplanes got autopilots just a decade after the Wright brothers. These days, your breakfast cereal was probably gathered by a driverless harvester. Sailboats have autotillers. Semi-autonomous military drones kill from the air, and robot vacuum cleaners confuse our pets.

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