It’s pedal to the metal for driverless cars

By William Messner, John R. Beaver Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University. An NVIDIA-powered Audi needs no driver. AP Photo/John Locher When a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars. Instead the opposite has occurred. In…