Another company is dialing back expectations for self-driving taxis: He is just the latest executive to acknowledge that work on self-driving taxi technology is not progressing as fast as optimists expected two or three years ago. Earlier this year, Ford CEO Jim Hackett sought to dampen expectations for Ford's own self-driving vehicles.
Why People Might Not Opt For Self-Driving Cars Over Human Chauffeurs: In short, there isn’t a slam dunk and outright obvious answer to which you would or should choose. That’s why the automakers and tech firms are currently sitting on a bit of a razor’s edge.
What self-driving cars can’t recognize may be a matter of life and death: Many autonomous-vehicle industry insiders, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution, said they were surprised Uber had not accounted for such a basic expectation. “A baffling thing,” said Brad Templeton, a longtime self-driving-car developer and consultant who worked on Google’s self-driving-car project about a decade ago. “Everyone knew that eventually there would be accidents because no one imagined perfection. This one’s worse than many people imagined.” They also acknowledged the timeline to roll out this technology is probably longer than many expect because of its complicated nature.