Google's self-driving car project executive is leaving

Written By: GizBot Bureau

Technology giant Google came on a backfoot when Chris Urmson, the self-driving car project's Chief Technical Officer (CTO), announced his departure.

Google's self-driving car project executive is leaving

Apart from the CTO, two other key employees are reportedly also leaving, reported on Saturday.

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"After leading our cars through the human equivalent of 150 years of driving and helping our project make the leap from pure research to developing a product that we hope someday anyone will be able to use, I am ready for a fresh challenge," Urmson wrote, without giving specifics about his future plans.

The other key employees -- Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson -- who worked on the software of the project, are also leaving.

Google parent Alphabet did not respond to a request for confirmation on these departures yet, but regarding Urmson, Alphabet said he was a key member and wished him well.

Google's self-driving car project executive is leaving

"Chris has been a vital force for the project, helping the team move from a research phase to a point where this life-saving technology will soon become a reality. He departs with our warmest wishes," the company was quoted as saying.

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John Krafcik, CEO of the self-driving-car project, wished Urmson well in a tweet, saying, "Chris is an incredible colleague & leader. Thank you for your passion & humility. Good luck on your new adventures!"

Source IANS

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