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Nov 20, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023Liked by Timothy B Lee

We're gonna miss Cruise when its gone. Sure its technology was clearly worse than Waymo's, but it did basically work! They were so close. Now yet another tech market is headed towards monopoly...

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Legacy automakers unable to compete in a new software space. Isn't Tesla hard at work on autonomous driving as well?

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What about the delivery plays like Nuro?

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I think you are being far too charitable about his ‘hardcharging’ style, which looks from here like pure tech bro arrogance and disregard for the safety of others in deference to profit. His leaving is not a loss for the industry, it is a gain because without trust the public will never embrace this technology and his policies abused any trust they might have had. We have enough unjustified fears about AI without having CEOs who cut corners with things that can do real damage like vehicles.

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Thanks for the article. Last days I wondered whether Chinese AV would beat American ones. I saw in videos circulating those cars freely in many Chinese cities. Do regulators from both countries differ greatly on any aspect of the car technology? Chinese regulators beat America by certifying the first eVTOL vehicle in history, obviously, geopolitics involved. But which is the main focus of China in AV? I'm almost convinced that it's not safety.

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