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Waymo CEO: Ablution a self-driving car is harder than ablution a rocket

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Waymo CEO: Ablution a self-driving car is harder than ablution a rocket

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What’s harder than accepting a rocket into space? Getting self-driving cars to absolutely work… at least according to the boss of Waymo, Google’s self-driving agent spinoff.

In an account with the Banking Times, Waymo’s Chief Executive John Krafcik said the action of developing free cartage is an “extraordinary grind.”

Krafcik goes on to say that “it’s a bigger claiming than ablution a rocket and putting it into orbit around the Earth,” because “it needs to be done safely over and over again.” Whereas, with rockets, you only need it to be safe once, whilst there are people on board.

This acumen seems to abutment the fact that Elon Musk is having successes with SpaceX but is still alive on the affiance of self-driving vehicles.

Let’s remind ourselves that Musk said, some years ago, that there would be a fleet of 1 actor self-driving Teslas on our road by… last year. So, um, yeah. There’s still a way to go.

Krafcik’s statements follow a anecdotal that has been slowly actualization itself over the past 12 months: that self-driving cars are bloody difficult and much added from absoluteness than we’ve been led to believe.

Indeed, 2020 was the year Elon Musk said we would have a fleet of 1 actor robotaxis — for what it’s worth AI experts called BS at the time. With Autopilot and Full Self Active coming under accretion authoritative analysis around the world, that goal has never seemed added away.

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At the end of last year, addition aggregation that made a lot of noise about the abeyant of self-driving vehicles, Uber, sold off its free taxi analysis to rival company, Aurora.

After pumping more than $20 actor a month into developing driverless cars, the ride acclamation firm acutely accustomed the fact self-driving cars weren’t going to be the savior to its banking challenges and advantage as its former CEO Travis Kalanick believed.

Even Uber‘s accustomed CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, said in 2018 that self-driving Uber taxis would hit the streets in 2019.

Krafick told the FT that having a fully scaled and operational self-driving car account by 2020 didn’t seem like an unrealistic thought, back in 2015.

However, over the past five years, he says the aggregation has become far humbler, as a result of growing acquaintance and compassionate of just how difficult self-driving cartage are to aftermath at scale.

During the account with the FT, Krafcik didn’t animadversion on where or when Waymo will launch its next service. However, removing the driver and absolution tourists use the account could still be years away.

Even so, Krafcik was unfazed that self-driving cars will eventually become ‘a thing,’ and when they do, it’ll change car buying as we know it — apparently.


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Published January 4, 2021 — 14:42 UTC

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