From driverless drifting to computerized operation at 150 mph, it appears that--provided the proper algorithm--autonomous cars can do it all. But how well do they compare to the best drivers among their human counterparts?

That's precisely what Dr. Chris Gerdes of Stanford University's Center for Automotive Research and Revs Program has decided to find out. Watch Gerdes' TEDxStanford talk below for a glimpse into his research:

Perhaps, as Gerdes suggests, the end game for advancements in autonomous driving technology could actually be human driver assistance, rather than replacement. That's a relief; otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at a Real Steel racing series event in the not too distant future.

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