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For almost a decade, self-driving cars have graced public roads -- but always with a person behind the wheel. Now Waymo is yanking the driverRead full story

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  • It’s too bad Google isn’t putting its resources toward solving real human problems such as famine, climate change, etc. innovation needs to become much more about making human life better, safer, more equitable and less about making life more convenient for those who can afford it.

  • You probably won’t have to tell your driverless car to turn down the music, but at some point Google may try to fill your ride with ads.

  • Edgar’s comment is 100% right. There is so much opportunity to make a real difference to our planet and to lives less fortunate than our own. Thank you for pushing this and let’s hope someone is listening

  • How do you rate a driverless car service?

  • Agreed. Real world problems seem like a tough solve for today’s corporations.

  • There is no end to the jokes that could be made about driverless cabs and volunteer passengers, but this will be a serious test of whether people are ready to give up control and entrust their lives to a Google algorithm. I'm betting they're not. In an increasingly complex world, we want to be able to

    There is no end to the jokes that could be made about driverless cabs and volunteer passengers, but this will be a serious test of whether people are ready to give up control and entrust their lives to a Google algorithm. I'm betting they're not. In an increasingly complex world, we want to be able to control our own environments.

  • A huge milestone for Waymo in their push toward mass adoption of autonomous vehicle technology. This is something everyone should be happy with.

    There were 40,000 deaths from auto accidents in 2016 and autonomous vehicles have the potential to bring this number closer to zero.

    There are a lot of

    A huge milestone for Waymo in their push toward mass adoption of autonomous vehicle technology. This is something everyone should be happy with.

    There were 40,000 deaths from auto accidents in 2016 and autonomous vehicles have the potential to bring this number closer to zero.

    There are a lot of steps to go before then, regulation will be undone, jobs will be lost, and people will need to adjust to the new realities of life without car ownership. Given the opportunity to save lives and make transportation safer, it's a net positive.

    And just like the way in which America was transformed by the mass adoption of the automobile, our lives will undoubtedly change in ways we can't yet imagine as we begin to give them up.

  • Imagine if I give the car to take me to London from NYC. What would it do? 🚕

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