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Google hires AirBnB exec for driverless car project

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After the departure of Chris Urmson from the project, Google has hired Airbnb executive Shaun Stewart as a director for its autonomous vehicle group.

Stewart had previously been head of vacation rentals at AirBnB and before that worked for a division of TripAdvisor.

The website TechCrunch calls the appointment a “good fit”, because his expertise revolves around short-term travel rentals and getting services off the ground, which it adds is important when the concept of a driverless taxi is still brand new with details that need to be pinned down in the years ahead.

 
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