- The race to commercialize self-driving vehicles is heating up, as billions of dollars have been invested in Cruise and Argo AI, while Waymo is bringing autonomy to market and Tesla hopes to bring 1 million robo-taxis online by 2020.
- A group of key executives has emerged in the self-driving-car business.
- The stakes are high as the competitive landscape develops.
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The serious players in the self-driving-vehicle game are starting to emerge.
Over the past few years, Alphabet’s Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Argo AI (funded by Ford and VW), Intel’s Mobileye, and Tesla have all pushed forward in the autonomous-mobility business.
We’re well past science projects at this point, as billions in investment dollars have flowed into these companies.
With great funding comes the responsibility to put highly capable executive teams in charge. Here are the leaders who are steering the self-driving industry into the future.
Waymo CEO John Krafcik is among the most experienced executives in the auto industry. An expert on "lean" manufacturing, he effectively created Hyundai’s US business before joining Google in 2015.
Krafcik’s "team" is really the collective brainpower and deep pockets of Google, where the Google Car self-driving project has been underway since 2009.
Waymo launched its first commercial service, Waymo One, in Arizona last year.
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- Ford and VW have stepped up their alliance — Ford will develop an electric vehicle using VW tech by 2023
- VW is investing $2.6 billion in ArgoAI following a cash infusion from Ford, valuing the self-driving-car startup at more than $7 billion