Here’s What It Will Take to Make Autonomous Cars a Reality

A mixture of technology, innovation and policy

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Austin Russell, founder of Luminar Tech, and Michael Fleming, CEO of Torc, took the stage late in the day at the Autos2050 conference I attended in Washington, D.C., last week. Austin is a 22-year-old wunderkind whose company is building the future of transportation with LiDAR—a detection system that works on the principals of radar, but uses light from a laser to precisely map topography. Photonics mic drop.