Google spinoff Waymo may have just made minivans cool.
Well, as much as anyone can actually do that. It is still a minivan, after all. But now, it is a minivan with self-driving capabilities, and for a significantly lower price than previous self-driving cars. So how did Waymo do that?
In IT Blogwatch, we hit the road.
So what is going on? Keith Naughton and Mark Bergen have the background:
Alphabet Inc.’s...Waymo has slashed the cost of a key technology required to bring self-driving cars to the masses and rolled it out...in an autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan...Waymo has cut costs by 90 percent on LiDAR sensors, which bounce light off objects to create a three-dimensional map of a car’s surroundings.
Any why is this so important? Raphael Orlove has some insight: