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Waymo denies it plans to “harvest” data from driverless cars

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Google is insisting it has “no master plan” to ­harvest the mass of data that will be generated by its self-driving cars division.

The Telegraph quotes Waymo CEO John Krafcik reacting to the Facebook scandal, where millions of users’ details were shared with other businesses, saying that access to the ­information generated by those travelling in cars using Waymo’s autonomous driving technology was not a priority for the company, which is owned by Google parent, Alphabet.

“Our aim is moving people around the world and that is very hard,” he said, speaking at the New York Auto Show the day after the company revealed a partnership with Jaguar to use tens of thousands ofI-Pace electric cars.

“To the core of my body, I swear on my father’s grave, it’s not a priority,“ Mr Krafcik said. “ I’m not saying it won’t be a workstream in the future but at the moment it is not in our workspace.”


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