Waymo's self-driving car development will be led by two directors at once

Waymo’s self-driving car development will be led by two directors at once

After five and a half years of running Waymo, an Alphabet subsidiary of self-driving car technology, John Krafcik decided to hand over the reins to his followers. They will be a couple of the company’s top managers, Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov, who will become co-CEOs of Waymo.

In a blog post, Krafchik wrote that after stepping down as CEO, he will continue to work with Waymo as an advisor. Krafchik listed the company’s main achievements during his tenure, such as the launch of the Waymo One self-driving taxi service, and said he believes now is the time to pass the baton to new leaders.

Tecedra Mawakana joined Waymo four years ago and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. Dmitry Dolgov started his career with the company in 2009, when it was just being born as a project to create technologies for Google self-driving cars. Most recently, he was the CTO of Waymo. In a joint statement to Waymo employees, Mavakana and Dolgov wrote that they are excited about the opportunities they face and will contribute to the success of the company and its employees.

Waymo has established itself as a leading developer of autonomous vehicle technology. Cars using these technologies have traveled over 20 million miles on public roads and over 20 billion miles simulating various driving situations in a safe environment. The company’s conservative approach disappointed those hoping for a rapid proliferation of self-driving cars, but it was this approach that was central to Krafchik’s policy as CEO of Waymo. He has consistently emphasized the need to pay maximum attention to the safety of autonomous vehicles and stated that part of the company’s responsibility is to make sure that the world and cities that use autonomous vehicles understand Waymo technologies and use them with care.

The company under the leadership of Krafchik has achieved tremendous success. The Waymo One autonomous taxi service has been operating since 2017, and at the end of last year the company entered into an agreement to develop fully autonomous trucks with Daimler.

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