Rather than crowd your driveway, these robot vehicles will be parts of large taxi fleets and cargo delivery services, he said:
“I think both economically, it’s going to make much more sense as part of a fleet, and socially I think it’s better that these are shared resources."
The 15-year veteran in the still-nascent field of autonomous driving made his bones in the DARPA Challenges that ran from 2004 to 2007, then became an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, noted for its artificial intelligence and robotics research, before joining Google to lead its self-driving car project.
In 2017, Urmson Co-Founded Aurora Tech, which is developing self-driving car technology for the automotive industry, partnering with customers to incorporate its tech into future autonomous capabilities for cars. The company has raised nearly $700 million in venture backing and is valued at $2.57 billion, according to Pitchbook.
One reason for the acceleration of self-driving car technology is better lidar, the laser detection system that enables self-driving cars to see the world around them, he said. That technology can be disrupted by weather conditions and other objects on the road.
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