Google believes Tesla is not a competitor

Despite the advance taken by Tesla in the field of driving, the CEO of Waymo, a subsidiary of Google, does not see the American manufacturer as a competitor. He even allows himself to condemn his strategy.

Elon Musk and John Krafcik will not be spending the next vacation together. In an interview with German magazine Manager, published on January 22, the CEO of Waymo criticized Tesla’s approach to autonomous driving. ” For us, Tesla is not a competitor “, He launches, while the two companies intend to rely on a robotaxis service when the legislative ground allows it.

John Krafcik sees the Tesla Autopilot as ” a very good driver assistance system “. In his eyes, the Google subsidiary stands out by developing “ fully autonomous driving technology ». « It is wrong to believe that you can develop a suite of assists until one day it magically turns into autonomous driving », He supports.

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace // Source : Waymo

Tesla and Waymo don’t have the same approach

In the autonomous driving segment, Tesla and Waymo do not have the same approach at all. On the one hand, we have a manufacturer who markets cars with sensors that make them ready for autonomous driving. For several years, the American manufacturer has been developing updates that improve the functionality of the Autopilot, even if it means taking people for guinea pigs. And, as of late 2020, some owners have access to what Tesla calls fully autonomous driving capability in the form of a beta (with all that that implies in terms of vigilance and attention behind the wheel).

On the other hand, Waymo uses partner cars (example: Jaguar) and carries out several supervised experiments. Since the end of December 2018, the Waymo One test service has allowed people to board self-driving taxis in Phoenix, Arizona. To guarantee its success, the Google subsidiary is developing Waymo Drive, a technology combining hardware (the battery of sensors on the car) and software (an artificial intelligence that is constantly learning).

As a bonus, Tesla and Waymo are not on the same page when it comes to which devices to use. While Waymo trusts LiDAR, Tesla refuses to use this sensor – deemed “ugly and unnecessary” by Elon Musk. What makes John Krafcik say: ” In terms of durability and accuracy, our sensors operate at a much better scale than what we see from the competition. »

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