Who’s Driving That Car?

November 10, 2017

No one. That’s right, there is no one driving that car because it is an autonomous, or self-driving, car. While a number of companies have been working on building a truly safe and reliable self-driving car, Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, and Navya, a company that makes self-driving shuttles, might just be ahead of the curve. This week, Waymo officially started operating its self-driving vehicles without a person in the driver’s seat.

Via Waymo

In fact, Waymo minivans started driving around Phoenix, Arizona, with no one in the vehicle at all! Although these vans are not carrying passengers right now, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced that passengers will be invited to ride in these self-driving cars in just a few short months.

In Las Vegas, Nevada, Navya began testing an experimental self-driving bus called Arma that aims to take passengers around the city’s Fremont District.

Via Navya

Unfortunately, its debut resulted in a crash with a truck. The good thing is that no one got hurt and the bus did exactly what it was supposed to do, which was stop once it detected the truck. Sadly, the truck involved in the accident didn’t stop. So is this accident going to stop the city of Las Vegas and Navya from testing their self-driving shuttle? Not at all. Their argument? It wasn’t the shuttle’s fault, and if the truck had been a self-driving vehicle with sensors like the Arma has, this accident might have been avoided altogether.

Are you ready for self-driving cars, or would you rather operate a car on your own … thank you very much?