Will humans destroy self-driving cars

Waymo boss: Robot cars will not crowd out people behind the wheel

John Krafcik, head of Google's sister company Waymo, told the magazine today (March 11, 2020) Auto Motor and Sport: "We will continue to see an incredible number of interesting cars for human drivers in the future, maybe even more than in the past." Autonomous driving, on the other hand, can help with commuting and make the roads safer. And that only three years after Bob Lutz predicted that the autonomous car would destroy the industry.

It takes significantly longer than expected

Krafcik is setting a different tone than what has long been the norm for developers of self-driving cars. They often pointed out that mistakes made by people behind the wheel are responsible for more than 90 percent of fatal accidents and that a widespread transition to autonomous driving will save many lives. However, in recent years it has been found that it is taking significantly longer than initially expected to bring the robot car software to everyday use.

Waymo is considered particularly advanced in the development of the technology and is operating a test robotaxi service in parts of the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The Google sister company also wants to offer its software “Waymo Driver” to car manufacturers. “We are thinking hard about the best way to introduce the Waymo Driver on German roads. I'm personally very motivated to do that, ”Krafcik told auto magazine.

At the same time, he affirmed that his company's robot car software can do without the high-speed 5G radio data transmission, which is often referred to as a prerequisite for autonomous driving. “Waymo doesn't need 5G - or 4G. Everything we need is on board the car, ”said Krafcik. The cars only needed mobile communications for additional services such as fleet monitoring.


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