Waymo’s John Krafcik will give a glimpse into our autonomous future at Disrupt SF 2017

Waymo CEO John Krafcik has been a very busy guy, between graduating the former Google self-driving project into its own company late last year, and signing up a healthy slate of automotive and transportation industry partners. Waymo is working with everyone from Lyft, to Chrysler, to Avis on bringing self-driving tech to market for consumers, and Krafcik will join us at Disrupt SF 2017 to tell us more about the quickening pace of development at his company and in the industry at large.

It’s not like Waymo is coming out of left field – it’s arguably the single most experienced autonomous driving company, with over a decade of work developing and testing vehicle technologies under its belt. But ever since Krafcik joined in 2015, the former TrueCar President and Hyundai Motor America CEO has overseen a dramatic increase in the former Google self-driving car project’s efforts to commercialize its tech, partner with others in the automotive industry and step up its real-world testing.

Maybe most interesting is Waymo’s surprise launch of a pilot ride hailing service aimed at the general public in Arizona. The Chandler-based trial features Waymo’s latest test vehicle, custom Chrysler Pacifica vans outfitted with in-house designed sensor hardware, providing on-demand service for a pool of beta testers selected from the town’s ordinary residents.

What is Waymo learning from this groundbreaking trial, and what can we expect next in terms of a pathway to self-driving commercialization? We’ll ask Krafcik to tell us more about this and more in September at Disrupt SF.

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