In the Press

Discovery Channel: “Daily Planet”, featuring Hedgehog

Discovery Channel: “Daily Planet”, featuring Hedgehog

March 13, 2017

The ASL’s research on the Hedgehog robot for surface mobility on small bodies was featured on Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet.”


BBC: “Why fencing with a drone could make it smarter”

BBC: “Why fencing with a drone could make it smarter”

July 18, 2016

Researchers at Stanford University’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory are teaching drones how to navigate routes while avoiding potentially moving natural or human-made obstacles in real-time. The BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly finds out more.


Science Channel: “Space’s Deepest Secrets”, featuring Hedgehog

Science Channel: “Space’s Deepest Secrets”, featuring Hedgehog

April 26, 2016

The ASL’s research on the Hedgehog robot for surface mobility on small bodies was featured in the premiere of “Space’s Deepest Secrets” on the Science Channel.


The Economist: “Drones Club”

The Economist: “Drones Club”

April 23, 2016

“Crash-avoidance technology is another area of development. A number of groups are working on small low-powered anti-collision systems, some combining sensors with machine-learning algorithms. Ross Allen, a researcher at Stanford University, recently demonstrated a hovering quadcopter avoiding stationary objects at the same time as it dodged a fencer’s foil.”


Forbes: “The Virtuous Cycle Between Driverless Cars, Electric Vehicles And Car-Sharing Services”

Forbes: “The Virtuous Cycle Between Driverless Cars, Electric Vehicles And Car-Sharing Services”

February 08, 2016

“Emilio Frazzoli, Rick Zhang and their colleagues at MIT and Stanford have shown that driverless cars could further reduce cost of car sharing services by enabling intelligent coordination to minimize congestion, keep the driverless fleet in balance and better serve anticipated demand.”


Stanford Engineering: “Hedgehog, a guide to asteroids and things that whirl around the solar system”

Stanford Engineering: “Hedgehog, a guide to asteroids and things that whirl around the solar system”

February 03, 2016

“Meet Hedgehog, who could become our guide to exploring the small bodies such as asteroids and comets whirling about the solar system. Designed by Stanford’s Marco Pavone, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and Ben Hockman, graduate student in mechanical engineering, this space rover has no wheels for rolling, no arms for grabbing and no legs for stepping. It’s just a single overgrown die with the ability to hop and tumble itself across the unknown terrain of asteroids, comets and small moons.”