In an interview with Germany’s Manager Magazin, Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik, casually said that Tesla is “not a viable competitor in the autonomous-vehicle market”, referring to Tesla’s Autopilot feature.
He also added that in terms of robustness and accuracy, Waymo’s sensors are “orders of magnitude better” than what “other manufacturers” are producing, hinting makers like Tesla.
“It is a misconception that you can simply develop a driver-assistance system further until one day you can magically jump to a fully autonomous driving system,” said Krafcik in an interview.
Elon Musk obviously didn’t take Krafcik’s comments too well.
In response, Musk Tweeted, “to my surprise, Tesla has better AI hardware and software than Waymo (money)”.
Waymo has been working on self-driving technology for years, and has recently raised $3 billion in new funding over the past year.