Google’s self-driving car project director Chris Urmson submits his resignation

After working seven and a half years as director on the project, he announced his resignation through a blog post.


Chris Urmson has officially announced his departure from self-driving car project at Google. After working seven and a half years as director on the project, he announced his resignation through a blog post.

“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. I have every confidence that the mission is in capable hands” wrote Urmson. Google hired former Hyundai exec John Krafcik last year as the CEO of its car division and according to The New York Times Urmson was not very happy with Krafcik’s decisions."

Urmson became a part of Google after working on self-driving car technology at Carnegie Mellon to win DARPA challenges. He made Google’s project go from 100,000 miles of self-driving to 1.8 million miles which does include a few accidents here and there. He hasn't confirmed as to where he is headed but he did say that "If I can find another project that turns into an obsession and becomes something more, I will consider myself twice lucky."


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