"Self-driving DNA: A DARPA Family Tree" in the July issue was very cool. If you ever update it, you might consider companies that existed before the DARPA challenges, how they've evolved as a result of them and how they play in the AV ecosystem now.
On another note, the Red Whittaker Q&A lacked perspective. "Self-driving vehicles start with Red Whittaker" is a bit much, given the many respected scientists involved. These include Ernst Dickmanns of Bundeswehr University Munich, whose team in the early '90s developed a fully automated vehicle and drove it over 620 miles on a three-lane highway in traffic at speeds up to 80 mph. Also, Chuck Thorpe, who led Carnegie Mellon University's work in unmanned scout vehicles for the military and led its technical contributions to the National Automated Highway System Consortium in concert with the U.S. Department of Transportation in the mid-'90s, for which I was the federal program manager. Steve Shladover led the University of California, Berkeley's consortium team. My first ride in a fully automated vehicle was in 1992, at the university's Richmond Field Station.
Red has never been known for humility! While he has certainly played an important role, he is but one of many.
RICHARD BISHOP, Principal, Bishop Consulting