Self-driving cars from Alphabet’s Waymo are currently cruising the streets of suburban Arizona, navigating around with no human at the ready to take the wheel should something go wrong.
These cars can operate without any human input, but only under certain conditions and on certain roads.
“This product was designed and built for the level 5, fully autonomous, mobility as a service market,” says Anand Gopalan, the company’s CTO, meaning it can perform as well or better than a human under any circumstances.
To illustrate the capabilities of the 128, Gopalan gives an example of a particularly challenging situation.
“There is a small black object far out in front of you.
Is it a piece of paper, a butterfly, or some tire debris?