Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Clock Is Ticking

Promised milestones come and go regularly, but a big one in the self-driving car universe has been that Waymo is going to actually set up real, if limited, taxi service by the end of this year.

Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, is planning to launch a driverless taxi service in the Phoenix area in the next three months. It won't be a pilot project or a publicity stunt, either. Waymo is planning to launch a public, commercial service—without anyone in the driver's seat.

I don't believe it will happen, but I could be wrong!

I really don't get how people don't see the autonomous vehicles aren't some hard puzzle to be solved, but instead a "if we can do that we can await skynet's activation" level thing. Sure the technology works surprisingly well. It's neat! But to be actually useful...And self-driving cabs are the hardest version of that!