FILE PHOTO: Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik to speak at the podium at this year’s annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, Calif., May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Waymo and is exploring the deployment of its self-driving technology in the trucking industry, and CEO, John Krafcik said on Thursday it is working with partners in the industry to make use of a business opportunity of any looming shortage of human drivers.
Waymo, which was supported by Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.O) and Google has up to now been focused on the so-called robotaxis, but in the notes prepared for a speech at the Frankfurt motor show, Krafcik said that the self-driving technology, Waymo of the Driver, it was well suited for the control of road transport.
Ride reporting is an important function of our car,” Krafcik told us that political and industry leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the event of the official opening of the new.
“Our technology is also a surface transportation safer and stronger, and to fill the urgent need for more drivers in many parts of the world.
“We have already conducted road tests of the Waymo Driver of Class 8 trucks in the united states, and we are working very closely with the ecosystem, shipping companies, truck makers and Tier One suppliers to ensure a successful implementation.”
Industry experts and analysts are predicting a severe shortage of truck drivers in an aging society such as Germany, industry-leading mobile companies such as Uber (UBER.(N) to applications that are focused on improving the sector’s efficiency.
Ten-year-old Waymo is widely regarded as the leader of the self-driving, to racing, but to achieve the ‘holy grail’ of the whole, and secure, automation continues to be a challenge, as well as firms in the field seeking to recoup their costs of research and development.
“Our journey has been a long time, but there is still a long way to go. To be sure, we have learned some important things over the past 10 years,” said Krafcik.
He added that it was of crucial importance for the achievement of scale and robustness, and to work with partners to gain acceptance of a new definition of mobility.
Reporting by Joe White; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman