M. Sena, Nov.26, “IT HAS BEEN a rough couple of months for CRUISE LLC after it reached a high point in August this year. That was when CRUISE, along with WAYMO LLC, received approval from the CALIFORNIA DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES to operate round-the-clock paid ride-supplying services in the state with their driverless vehicles, that is, with no human primary or back-up driver in the vehicle. CRUISE’s license was for 300 vehicles. Then the wheels began to come off the cart, figuratively speaking. On Sunday evening, the 19th of November, CRUISE founder and CEO, Kyle Vogt, announced that he was throwing in the towel. Is this the beginning of the end for CRUISE? Or is this just the end of the beginning, as most of the Pollyannaish opinion pieces on the subject have opined?
Spoiler: It’s not the end for CRUISE, but it should be the end for GM’s skunkworks project with CRUISE, and the start of a more serious approach toward driverless vehicles by the automobile industry and investors. How it began to unravel.…” Read More Hmmmm…. Read on and watch ZoomCast 347 and let’s start picking up the pieces. Alain
F. Fishkin, Nov. 29, “With GM Cruise “substantially” cutting spending on Cruise autonomous mobility, should GM turn the keys over to someone else? What is Google’s real business with Waymo? The Dispatcher Publisher Michael Sena joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. Plus…Tesla’s big truck week and troubles in Sweden, the upcoming book, The Real Case for Driverless Mobility…and more!
1:13 GM cutting Cruise spending
7:09 What is Google’s Waymo business really about?
30:00 Tesla’s big truck event and troubles in Sweden
42:24 The Real Case for Driverless Mobility book coming soon
Read More Hmmmm…. Really?? Cruise does essentially everything right with its automation in dealing with a situation that is as rare as rare can get and because its public relations department failed to be completely forthright, it is “cutting spending”. I hope the cut is limited to closing its public relations department. You would have thought that GM would have learned that the coverup is worse than the crime 10 years ago with their “Ignition Switch cover up”. So sad! Alain
Read More Hmmmm…. Even more… we need complete transparency (but is that even possible given all the smoke and mirrors by the many wannabes?). With complete transparency, we don’t need tighter rules. We don’t even know what to tighten if we don’t have the transparency.
Most importantly: “Why it Matters” is NOT to “make transportation safer.” Roads are unsafe because HUMAN drivers misbehave. If we really wanted to make transportation safer, we wouldn’t tolerate driver misbehavior. We wouldn’t let HUMAN DRIVERS speed, text, or operate their vehicles while under the influence. We wouldn’t allow car companies to install allow huge entertainment screens that distract drivers and make automated emergency braking systems that had essentially zero false positives. That’s what “Safe-driving Cars” ae all about. Driverless cars are about giving high quality affordable rides to people who can’t drive themselves, thus giving them the same access to opportunities as those who can drive themselves. Mass transit is able to give high-quality rides at affordable prices for only a very few that live in a very few places in the US. For them the public cost in the form of public subsidies is non-trivial. Driverless cars can substantially outperform even the best public transit in a vast majority of places people live and deliver it at an affordable cost that can return a sustainable profit to the driverless service provider without public subsidy all the while being as, if not more, environmentally responsible, equitable and safe those who drive themselves.
Read More Hmmmm…. Very impressive. Can’t wait for StarShip IFT3. Hope to be there. J Alain
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