Friday, September 11, 2015

What Uber’s CEO thinks about Self Driving Cars

imageOn a recent interview with Stephen Colbert on his new show the CEO of Uber was asked an important question.

He was asked about self-driving cars and what that could potentially mean for Uber drivers today.

He answered it exactly the way I would have expected him to.

Except he did something else I didn’t expect.

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE FUTURE
OR DO YOU WANT TO RESIST THE FUTURE?

Here is how he answered the question in toto:

“Well, look, Google is doing the driverless thing, Tesla is doing the driverless thing, Apple is doing the driverless thing — this is going to be the world,” Kalanick said. “The question for a tech company is, do you want to be part of the future or do you want to resist the future? We feel that, in many ways, we want to not be like the taxi industry before us. That’s how we think about it.”

While this is an answer it’s also NOT an answer.

This is the part I didn’t expect. It seems Uber’s CEO has learned to be quite politically savvy.

For those that have been following along you know I embrace my robot overlords and here are three scenarios I envision.

The reality is … Self Driving Autonomous Vehicles are coming.

As I have written about before – In the Near Future Your Car Will Know a LOT about you

What do you think?

  • Do you think Self Driving Cars are the future?
  • How long do you think it will take?
  • What is the tipping point to make it possible?

Share a thought here. Inquiring minds want to know.

Image Credits: Popular Mechanics

This post was inspired by a post from GeekWire’s Taylor Soper. There was some heckling going on during the Uber CEO’s interview. The details can be found in the article here.

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