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Waymo’s Robot Cars, and the Humans Who Tend to Them

People are always the hack that make automated systems work.
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Google’s self-driving corporate sibling, Waymo, is preparing to launch a commercial robotaxi service outside Phoenix. As that’s happened, the focus of the program has shifted from the technical details of lasers and sensors to the operational details of how to build the system that surrounds the driverless vehicles.

And although they are the defining (or at least the most charismatic) achievement of 21st-century robotics, it looks like.

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