Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles
Every year 1.2 million people die worldwide in traffic-related incidents. The Google Self-Driving Car team’s mission is to improve people’s lives by transforming mobility. We aim to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient.
In conjunction with the Computer History Museum’s new exhibit, "Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles," Google will be offering rides to the public in their Self-Driving Car. Sign up for a ride and feel what it’s like to travel in a car that drives itself. Spaces are limited.
Rides will be offered to the public on the following days:
Exhibit Opening Weekend (Registration opens April 21st)
- Friday, May 9th, 2014; 10am - 4pm
- Saturday, May 10th, 2014; 10am - 4pm
- Sunday, May 11th, 2014; 10am - 4pm
Mountain View Community Day (Registration opens April 28th)
- Saturday, May 31st, 2014; 10am - 4pm
- Sunday, June 1st, 2014; 10am - 4pm
Registration: Register here
Space is limited and spots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis so we encourage you to sign up early. Each email address can only be registered once. In case of duplicate submissions, we will use the most recent submission.
- Register as an individual, if you don’t mind riding with other people you don’t know. Individuals will be placed with two other people for their ride.
- Register as a group, if you want to ride with 1-2 friends. Spots will be offered as long as there is availability for your entire group. Make sure your group members don’t register separately. For groups of two, we’ll add one more person to fill the ride.
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
Directions & Parking
- All rides will start and end at the Computer History Museum.
- The ride experience will last 20 minutes.
- We can fit a total of three people per ride.
- Anyone 8 years and older can register for a ride, but minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Minors (anyone ages 8-17)
Minors (ages of 8-17) are allowed to ride in the car as long as: 1) their parent/guardian signs a consent form prior and 2) one parent/guardian accompanies them on the actual ride. Please make sure you sign up as a group so that you can get placed in the same car.
Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles will chronicle the decades-long challenge of bringing self-driving cars to the general public. Self-driving cars have remained perpetually “two decades away” since the 1930s, while over the past century, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles have conquered the air, sea, and roamed the edges of our solar system. In this timely new exhibit, visitors will learn about the history of autonomous vehicles, enjoy science fiction and popular culture dreams of the driverless family car, get up close with the Google self-driving car, and learn how this amazing technology works.
Join us, for this special member celebration.
DARPA is the Department of Defense's primary innovation engine with a remarkable track record of breakthroughs in its 56 years, from precision guidance and navigation, stealth, night vision, communications and networking. Much of its success is due to hiring remarkable program managers for a finite term, who create projects they decide can really change the world. DARPA makes pivotal early investments in these projects, building and leveraging broad technical communities to help create the capabilities.
Dr. Arati Prabhakar first joined DARPA in 1986 as one of those program managers. After several years in public service she headed to Silicon Valley working largely in the commercial sector, before returning to DARPA’s as its twentieth director. She is uniquely qualified for the role as she has spent her career investing in world-class engineers and scientists to create new technologies and businesses.
Tonight she will join John Markoff for a conversation about her remarkable career, the Agency’s history and impact, initiatives, and new breakthrough technologies like self-destructible computer chips. We’ll also learn more about her vision for DARPA’s future and ways to keep the engine of innovation running in the face of fiscal constraints and other threats.
Please join us.
This event is part of the Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.