Thursday, February 02, 2017
PR is what you do more than what you say, and that makes this great PR. Google's Waymo subsidiary has mastered the craft of autonomous driving through developing and tweaking both hardware and software for its test vehicles. The cars drive hundreds of thousands of miles now with only a few disengagements where a driver has to take control of the machine. That means the vehicles are as road ready as any driverless car being developed. I would much like to have the experience of riding in one just to get the feeling of how a driverless car operates, especially over long distances. Waymo is working with manufacturers already to equip vehicles with the technology and that means it won't be long before they are sold in showrooms. Perhaps in the next two to three years we will see them advertised and sold as consumer products.