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Interest in autonomous vehicles dates back to the 1920s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the first truly autonomous vehicle prototypes began to appear. The first DARPA Grand Challenge took place in 2004 offering competitors $1 million dollars to complete a 150-mile course through the Mojave desert. The prize was not claimed.
Since then, rapid progress has begun in autonomous driving fueled by advances in sensor technology, software, and the hardware which runs it. Infrastructure has become a serious consideration for autonomous vehicle companies. In this episode, I speak with Vinoj Kumar, VP of Infrastructure at Cruise, the San Francisco company building an all-electric self-driving rideshare and delivery service. They’re tackling the infinite longtail scenarios of city driving and helping Walmart with self-driving grocery delivery.
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