|By Kramer Phillips | 4 years ago|
After working for seven years in Google, Chris Urso has finally decided to step down from the company. He has been working on the project since it began. Over the period he has earned the title, Chief Technological Officer and Director of the Self-Driving car project.
In an online post, Ursom said that he considered himself lucky to have been part of the project. He added that he was searching for a new occupation. “If I can find another project that turns into an obsession and becomes something more, I will consider myself twice as lucky,” he quoted.
Statistics show that 94% of car accidents are a cause of human errors. The project has hit great milestones. One such achievement he noted in his online platforms is the fact that the project is now able to travel on real roads today.
“This may seem like a drop in the ocean; but even then, we saw this as a step towards creating something that could improve road safety, save lives and transform mobility,” he noted.
Urmson is one in many engineers to have left the project this year.
A public argument last year saw Urmson take the summer off. This was soon afterward followed by his departure. He strongly disagreed with Google’s approach of hiring former Hyundai CEO John Krafcik.
He denied claims however that his departure had anything to do with Krafick.
In a statement, Google’s spokesperson acknowledged Urmson’s vital role in the whole project.
“Chris has been a vital force for the project, helping the team move from a research phase to a point where this life-saving technology will soon be a reality. He departs with our warmest wishes,” He said.