Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In Light of Tesla's Autonomy Day: Keep in Mind What Waymo's CEO Has Said (TSLA; GOOG)

From c|net, November 13, 2018:

Waymo CEO: Autonomous cars won't ever be able to drive in all conditions
And it will be decades before self-driving cars are all over the roads, John Krafcik says.
It'll be decades before autonomous cars are widespread on the roads -- and even then, they won't be able to drive themselves in certain conditions, the chief executive of Waymo said Tuesday.
John Krafcik, head of the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet, said that though driverless cars are "truly here," they aren't ubiquitous yet. And he doesn't think the industry will ever be able to drive at any time of year in any weather and any condition, the highest driving rating. Driving in all conditions can be difficult for humans too, he noted.

"Autonomy always will have some constraints," he said.
"It's really, really hard," Krafcik said. "You don't know what you don't know until you're actually in there and trying to do things."

Waymo started working on autonomous vehicles in 2009 and famously became embroiled in a highly publicized lawsuit with Uber earlier this year over stolen self-driving tech....