Monday, October 5, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): A Window Into the Future

 As our team hit the ground running for the quarter, we ran across this courtesy of the team at the Information that is quite revealing about Uber and how it blew away 2.5 Billion Dollars as it struggles also in a Post-COVID World:

Hi there,

Primary sources are exceedingly rare in journalism today. So when Amir told me he had a story built around internal emails related to Uber's struggles to build a self-driving car, I knew the piece would be revealing. And so it was—as a tale of the struggles of autonomous vehicle development, corporate diversification and more. I hope you enjoy.

—Jessica L.

Infighting, ‘Busywork,’ Missed Warnings: How Uber Wasted $2.5 Billion on Self-Driving Cars

After five years and an investment of around $2.5 billion, Uber’s effort to build a self-driving car has produced this: a car that can’t drive more than half a mile without encountering a problem. “The car doesn’t drive well” and “struggles with simple routes and simple maneuvers,” said a manager in the unit, in a 1,500-word email sent three weeks ago to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, warning of the issues.


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