Getting Autonomous Cars Ready for the Road

Dmitri Dolgov, Waymo and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Now 10 years down the road from the company's founding, Waymo's Dmitri Dolgov speaks to MIT Technology Review's Gideon Lichfield on developing the technology that makes self-driving cars possible.

Dmitri Dolgov, CTO and VP of Engineering, Waymo

Dmitri Dolgov is the CTO and VP of engineering at Waymo, a self-driving-technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy to move people and things around. Dmitri is one of the original members of the Google self-driving-car project, which became Waymo in 2016. In his role at Waymo, he leads the development of all self-driving hardware and software. Before joining Waymo, Dmitri worked on self-driving cars at Toyota and at Stanford as part of Stanford’s DARPA Urban Challenge team. In 2008, he was named one of “AI’s ten to watch” by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine. Dmitri received his BS and MS in physics and math from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.


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