Waymo CEO Krafcik Celebrates Fifth Anniversary as CEO

So five years into John Krafcik’s gig as CEO, how are things going at Waymo? Well, they’re just starting to ramp up on road testing after shutting down for two months. That’s good news. John says the time off road doesn’t matter, because Waymo has so many miles in simulation. Of course, a simulation can’t […]

Waymo “Chief Safety Officer” Steps Down

Amir Efrati has the scoop on Waymo over at The Information: Deborah Hersman, who last year joined Alphabet’s Waymo division to improve the safety-related practices at the self-driving car developer, has stepped down, The Information has learned. She remains a consultant to the company, which recently raised $3 billion from outside investors. At Waymo, Hersman […]

John Gruber on Alphabet

John Gruber has a great take on yesterday’s Alphabet news: This whole “Alphabet” thing is a joke. I still don’t get what they’re even trying for with it. The company is Google and we all know it. The subsidiary owns the parent and everyone knows it. No one is fooled by this. Nothing has changed […]

Alphabet was kind of a shitty idea

Mark Bergen and Alistair Barr have a little bit more for us on yesterday’s news that Google’s founders are out and Sundar Pichai will be CEO of Alphabet. The Google founders’ decision to step down ends a multiyear effort to turn their company into the Berkshire Hathaway of technology by embracing Warren Buffett’s hands-off management […]

Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot has driven 1 Billion Miles, total Autopilot miles likely over 2 billion

At the PyTorch developer conference on October 10, 2019, Andrej Karpathy announced that Navigate on Autopilot has been engaged for over 1 billion miles and has completed 200 million automatic lane changes. (He wrote 200,000 on the slide, but there’s no way there have been less lane changes than Smart Summon attempts). Navigate on Autopilot […]