Recode Podcast :
Self-Driving Cars are a Hard Tech Problem
Ford CTO Ken Washington appears on the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, looking at why, autonomous vehicle prototypes are a rarity in most cities outside of San Francisco, and humans are still vital to companies like Uber and its first-to-IPO rival Lyft.
Seems that self-driving is a really, really hard technological problem.
“You may see some earlier ones in 2020, but we believe in taking the time to work with the cities,” Washington says. “If you just put a bunch of autonomous vehicles in the city without designing it to make life better in that city, you’re gonna have problems"
With Ford testing its self-driving cars he explains that in order to be ready for regular consumers, the “robo-cars” need to have a pre-existing 3-D scan of every street they might drive on.
Interesting conversation, listen here