A Blog by Jonathan Low


Jan 13, 2017

Why Tech and Car Companies Have Such Different Visions For Self-Driving Vehicles

It's about culture: iteration versus disruption, incrementalism versus speed, now versus tomorrow. JL

Timothy Lee reports in Vox:

Car companies expect to develop self-driving capabilities gradually over time, with software gradually taking over human capabilities. In contrast, Google (like Uber, which started testing self-driving cars last year) hopes to come out of the gate with fully automated vehicles, which would open the door to their use in ride-hailing services.
For much of the 2010s, Google was the only company putting serious resources into the technology underpinning self-driving cars. That started to change in 2016, as almost every major automaker announced technology partnerships to develop their self-driving capabilities.


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