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Major week for autonomous vehicles; decommissioning chemical missiles with robots

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In today’s episode, Steve and Mike recap a major week for autonomous vehicles. Cruise co-founder, CTO and president Kyle Vogt hailed the first driverless robotaxi ride in SF, Waymo started to map New York City and Nuro raised another $600M for its autonomous delivery vehicles. And we don’t even mention Aurora debuting on the Nasdaq, FedEx testing autonomous delivery in China, and Autobrains raising $101 million for its unsupervised AI for autonomous vehicles.

Phew.

Steve also interviews James DeSmet, president and CEO of CRG Automation. The company built a robotic system to help decommission a stockpile of 70,000 chemical missiles at a base in Kentucky. James walks us through the challenges of the project. Our favorite quote from the interview: “We’re just packaging a very dangerous chemical weapon instead of a Twinkie. It’s a little different, but it’s the same.” You can check out videos of the system in action over at CRG Automation’s YouTube channel.

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Links mentioned in the show

Watch Cruise co-founder hail first driverless robotaxi in SF
Nuro raises $600M for autonomous delivery vehicles
Waymo begins mapping NYC to improve autonomous driving tech
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