Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi epic, Blade Runner, promised flying cars and hyper realistic androids by Nov. 1, 2019.
Four years on, and we’ve got ChatGPT and autonomous taxis under extreme scrutiny.
Case in point: GM’s Cruise just recalled 950 of its robotaxis, a project it’s lost $1.9B on between January and September,
In August, California regulators
That same month:
- Several immobile Cruise cars
blocked traffic, which Cruise blamed on a music festival that jammed wireless bandwidth.
- One Cruise vehicle
got stuckin wet concrete.
demandedCruise slash its fleet by 50% after two collisions, including one involving a fire truck en route to an emergency.
On Oct. 2…
… a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian who was flung into the path of a Cruise vehicle. The vehicle braked and pulled over — but dragged the pedestrian ~20 feet.
The collision was one factor in the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoking Cruise’s license for driverless rides, requiring a human driver.
Cruise has since acknowledged defects in its software, brought in outside investigators, shuttered operations nationwide, and paused production of its autonomous van.
Yesterday, CEO Kyle Vogt
What about Waymo?
Still, Waymo has
In September, San Francisco asked the state to reconsider its both companies’ permits,
After all this, it may take a lot to gain the public’s trust.
BTW: The closest thing we have to flying cars are eVTOLs (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing), which we may get to see in action
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