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Uber-Challenger Zoox Is Building Safer Self-Driving Cars

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Zoox, a Silicon Valley start-up that has largely been shrouded in secrecy, is developing the complete self-driving package. In addition to the autonomous technology that will pilot its vehicles, it is building a car from the ground up specifically tailored for autonomous driving that will one day shuttle passengers around like ride-sharing services available today. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: http://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Google+: http://cnb.cx/PlusCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: http://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC #Zoox #SelfDrivingCars Zoox Wants To Challenge Uber With Safer Self-Driving Cars
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franki3Ru550 (22 days ago)
People still think driving by hand is safer😂😂 wake up people these is safer.. all you old school people needs to wake up.. Good luck trying to convince the Rednecks.
Grailer Grailer (1 month ago)
They need to make a simulation so they can run tests million times faster than doing it on the road. The simulation could actually already be running and we are in it :)
jan simonides (1 month ago)
Those simulations are BS, they are not real. There is no proof the simulation equals real conditions.
Buffalo_Chips (1 month ago)
NEWS FLASH! For every day that Waymo's cars are on the road they are running 10 million miles worth of simulations on their computers. They can literally throw a giraffe in the middle of the road and see how the AI reacts and learns. And every morning the fleet updates and learns from those 10 million simulated miles. This is not 10-20 years out. Its 3-4 years at most.
jan simonides (1 month ago)
There is 1 pedestrian fatality per 666.000.000 driven miles in the USA per year. Uber had driven 1.500.000 miles by the time the first pedestrian was killed. Waymo has driven 10.000.000 miles so far. Saying that removing the human error would save lives is nothing but stupidity without any proof as you are adding hackers, hardware/software failures, sensor/servo engine failures, frozen software, computer viruses into the equation. The human drivers with assistants are getting better all the time, by the way.
jan simonides (1 month ago)
Driverless cars are 5x more likely to crash.
jan simonides (1 month ago)
94% human error - you have "forgotten" to say that only 70% of those humans were drivers of a vehicle, the rest were passengers, pedestrians, self-murderers etc. The human error doesn't equal driver error. Not changing the tyres is human error too.
jan simonides (1 month ago)
lie, lie, lie. There are no 40.000 car fatalities. There are 40.000 traffic fatalities together, such as motorcycle, bicycle, plane, boat, truck, train, pedestrian, etc or car fatalities.
Jackie Rose Online (1 month ago)
As much as I despise driving I don't trust a self-driving car...
Corey Wong (8 days ago)
They used to say things like this to cars, when they are still riding horses.
Raul Archie (16 days ago)
People used to say the same for seatbelts.
DJCJ512 (1 month ago)
A Larger concern is why are electric vehicles still cranking out cars with dangerous Batteries when The Next Generation of Battery Technology does not explode? When and who will eat their inventories and take the real Leap forward with the Glass Electrolyte Batteries When Teslas and Prius's begin lighting up the manufactures will be to blame..Consumers must fight for better
Clay Spirit (1 month ago)
Belive me, if this dont stop, we will face troubles. When this people will understand what they done, it will be too late.
Salal's Trip Reports (1 month ago)
I don’t even have a drivers license yet and they talking about Self Driving, I think I’ll stick to manual unless you can really convince me to which won’t be easy cuz people enjoy driving, in the end I guess it’s just what the person wants, hopefully we will have both options in the future.
Patrick (1 month ago)
hmmm...35,000 deaths by automobile (US) vs 610,000 deaths by cardiovascular disease (US). 1.37 million deaths by automobile (World) vs 17.9 million deaths by cardiovascular disease (world). While every death prevented is a good thing, perhaps we'd get more lives saved per dollar by tackling cardiovascular disease first.
jan simonides (1 month ago)
There are 3.000.000 deaths in the USA yearly. Smoking kills 500.000 people, obesity 300.000, alcohol 88.000, injuries at work sports hobbies 128.000, firearm accidents 35.000 etc. Having driven your car for 1 hour is 16.5x more secure than having been out of your car for 1 hour. You are much more likely to die in your bathroom than in your car. You would have to drive your car for 33.000 years to get into a fatal traffic accident statistically.
Adam Nazifi (1 month ago)
That car looks like a version of Xbox
logan martel (1 month ago)
No one likes it there calling us to dumb to drive
Bolivar (1 month ago)
Tesla has already made self driving cars without all the awkward setup on the top of the car. What better are you inventing?
jan simonides (1 month ago)
No, it hasn´t.
Frank velarde (1 month ago)
This is why I refuse to take uber they going to destroy a lot of jobs for taxi drivers.
jan simonides (1 month ago)
It´s the programmers of the driverless cars who are obsolete and non-efficient so they all are going to be fired!
fj (1 month ago)
What the problem with destroying obselete non effiecent jobs ? Heck, if are that much consurned with people losing jobs, throw your alarm clock (smartphone) and higher a knocker up !!
Kram (1 month ago)
The system will eventually learn on it's own. No need to teach it. Like the Google alpha go system, it actually learned how to play the game.
Robert's Take (1 month ago)
Create another lane for these and leave the other lanes for people who enjoy the right to drive
CodyCorg (1 month ago)
we could save more lives if robots didn’t take over the world
Anuj Gupta (1 month ago)
what happens if car hijacked by the bad elements through networking?
Yeezy (1 month ago)
nah ain't no safer driver than me
Stenio Fernandez (1 month ago)
Stranger prius driver!who is the one with the fake name and driving with the strangers!...
Xx BigBoss xX (1 month ago)
Ill stick with normal cars
Revanth Krishna (1 month ago)
Triple that number of deaths if you speak for.India.
Ruman Khan (1 month ago)
Imagine the year 2050, Around 95% of drivers fighting for jobs. Eventually that may increase crime of they will not get proper employment. If that amount of people will left unemployment then they wouldn't have any option other than snatching or robbing.
Grailer Grailer (1 month ago)
A percentage of those people will become police officers , some will work in prisons and the others will become criminals
Povijest Povijest (1 month ago)
We need to automate the trafic, the production and distribution of food and energy, building of homes and roads and then we'll be able to build a socioeconomic system within which people are getting for free all they need to survive.
Buffalo_Chips (1 month ago)
You don't get it. Its not just drivers. AI and automation are already disrupting every single employment sector on earth except the tiny elite group who are programming them. AI is a software operating system. Just like Windows. It is just as good at driving as it is at diagnosing cancer, delivering your pizza or performing microscopic surgery. Learning algorithms are already chewing through the white collar ranks faster than robots on assembly lines.
Buffalo_Chips (1 month ago)
Try 2030. For every mile that Waymo are logging on the streets they log 1 million in simulations. This technology will be ready and approved by 2023 at the latest. It took 10 years for cars to displace 90% of the horses.....
Derrick T (1 month ago)
lol you are silly.
Aaron Posternack (1 month ago)
My view about this is that Zoox has solved 3 main problems. But they created another one; space. More autonomous vehicles means more space required for them to park and possibly worsen the congestion issue.
TheBadboy440 (1 month ago)
Get ready uber drivers to become job less in the near future .
Dwight Vietzke (1 month ago)
...great. Too bad I won't be able to afford a self-driving car.
BeautyHunter1986 (1 month ago)
Watch a movie called "Upgrade" and then talk to me safer autonomous cars.
Pernection (1 month ago)
Or ExDriver
brooklyn560 (1 month ago)
Can't wait. Higher speed commutes, less traffic jams, lower insurance, better milage and sleeping on the way to work 🤗
Bear Briganti (1 month ago)
Ha! ...hahahahaaahaha! This guy 👆
Bryan Abad (1 month ago)
Lol just wait until those little cars go mad and start hitting themself like mad dogs
Liibski90 A (1 month ago)
Another way to eliminate political opponents, or enemies in general. Just hack their car, and drive it off a cliff. "Car accident"...
Corey Wong (8 days ago)
Go ahead, you can do that right now. No need to wait for self driving car.
SupremeChow (1 month ago)
You have never seen horse accidents
ELTON BANDAYREL (5 days ago)
Thats the funniest comment Of all time hahaha but for real tho some horses only follows their bosses like a dog (same animals). Just imagine the city full of houses and what if all of then pop at the same time hahaha
Pernection (1 month ago)
The horse doesn't ask you where do want to go
brooklyn560 (1 month ago)
That's because I've seen like 4 horses in my life
Pricklepie (1 month ago)
No a horse will throw u off he don't like u. It will buckle up & gallop off!
Free Dirt (1 month ago)
No thanks. I'll drive myself.
Jay K (10 days ago)
You can still drive... just not on public roads. Your right to throw a punch ends where the other guy's face starts. Machine will be safer drivers than humans... eventually.
Free Dirt (11 days ago)
+Jay K I think they should ban the word ban. When you give up your rights it's almost impossible to get them back without war and bloodshed. Remember that. You might agree with that government overreach but how about the next one?
Jay K (11 days ago)
They will ban human from driving when autonomous driving tech gets better than humans.
Free Dirt (1 month ago)
+Derrick T nope.
Derrick T (1 month ago)
Near the future, you will ban from driving!
pricila (1 month ago)
i hate driving so cant wait
C R I S C O (1 month ago)
The self driving car developments have been heating up more and more. It's about to be a new age people
Float Circuit (1 month ago)
Here’s my view: when people fly planes they typically have a co-pilot. The best approach is likely to have a full-self-driving co-pilot that ensures that your decisions are as safe and reasonable as possible, and look out for things you can’t, while you focus on “the big picture”. Humans are usually bad at details but tend to understand broad objectives really well. That way the human and computer provide redundancy for one another. And hey, maybe if you’re operating dedicated routes, the co-pilot can take over entirely. People like to say the machines are going to replace us, but it’s my view that they will augment and enhance our day to day lives. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m not that old and by the time I can buy a car, I’d like to know that I can drive it. I’m not looking for a taxi for everything: that sounds painful. I’m looking for a car that makes sense. My view basically amounts to optimizing the human experience, rather than optimizing a technology. How much of this do you agree with? Let me know in the replies, I wanna enter the transportation tech space and would love to get your pov on what the future of cars will look like, and more importantly what you WANT it to look like.
rasmasyean (1 month ago)
It always had a "co-pilot" until last week where Waymo got the go to remove the backup driver. The truth is, computers react faster and have 360 eyes if you put them in. The problem is that they are CURRENTLY bad at judging what a human will do to screw them up. And they can't read the driver's face (yet). Or communicate with a cop efficiently. Personally, I think it will end up with the government running robot fleets and eventually, schedules/route system will be less significant. In the far future, roads will be "robot only" where some of these public cars and maybe certified cars handing over network control can enter a 100+ mph highway next right next to each other replacing the rail system.
Clay Spirit (1 month ago)
You are right.
Ruman Khan (1 month ago)
You may probably be right. But the situation is different in both. In Vehicle decisions have to be taken in seconds. But in flights autopilot is different.
Jobin Jose (1 month ago)
All you need is stick shift lol
brooklyn560 (1 month ago)
Most passenger planes today basically fly themselves, automated take off and landing with mostly auto pilot on the middle
LifeCoach Manas (1 month ago)
Much awaited safe self driven car
Martell Tha Cool (1 month ago)
I prefer humans over self driving Robot's that can be hacked and ride into the wall via killing me instantly or get a weirdo to have a self driving car's to take me to unknown locations. No thanks to self driving car's
Grailer Grailer (1 month ago)
Lol tin foil hate
rasmasyean (1 month ago)
If you were important enough that someone would do that to you, an assassin would have met you, or someone would have kidnapped your uber driver and dove you somewhere strange. But get over yourself...you're not that significant so don't worry about it.
Sacchi (1 month ago)
+Martell Tha Cool, so you don't use airplanes?
Martell Tha Cool (1 month ago)
+Christian Islas you're right
Christian Islas (1 month ago)
Hate to break it to you but people can hack into today's car and due the exact thing you mentioned.
Emma l MASTÜRBÃTÈ WATCH VIDEÒ! (1 month ago)
Can’t wait for the self driving vehicles to come.
Emilio Fernandez (1 month ago)
Step aside Zoox and Uber, there’s a company called Volvo
Vandicoup (1 month ago)
Emilio Fernandez how so?