John Krafcik

In 2013, before it was spun off into Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division was developing a semi-autonomous system that would allow for hands-free driving on highways.
Called “AutoPilot,” the system required drivers to keep their eyes on the road, and Google told the employees who tested it that they would take it away if cameras placed in their cars showed that they didn’t follow the company’s instructions.
But some employees didn’t follow those directions, and after one fell asleep while his car was traveling at around 55 mph, Google shut down the AutoPilot project, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said at the Frankfurt Auto Show on Thursday.
Since then, Waymo has focused on developing technology that will allow vehicles to drive without any human supervision.
Waymo’s approach to autonomy contrasts with those pursued by Tesla and Cadillac, both of which offer semi-autonomous driver-assistance systems.
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In 2013, before it was spun off into Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division was developing a semi-autonomous system that would allow for hands-free driving on highways.

Called “AutoPilot,” the system required drivers to keep their eyes on the road, and Google told the employees who tested it that they would …read more


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