Topics Discussed: Computer games, Childhood, Robotics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, DARPA Urban Challenge, Waymo origin story, Waymo self, Connected cars, Waymo fully driverless service in Phoenix, Getting feedback from riders, Creating a product that people love, Do self, Waymo Trucks, Future of Waymo, Role of lidar in autonomous driving, Machine learning is essential for autonomous driving, Pedestrians, Trolley problem, Book recommendations, Meaning of life,

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Dmitri Dolgov

Dmitri Dolgov is a Russian-American engineer who is the co-chief executive officer of Waymo. Previously, he worked on self-driving cars at Toyota and at Stanford University for the DARPA Grand Challenge (2007). Dolgov then joined Waymo's predecessor, Google's Self-Driving Car Project, where he served as an engineer and head of software. He has also been Google X's lead scientist.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Dmitri Dolgov:

Dmitri Dolgov: Steering the Future with Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles

In an enlightening episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast, Dmitri Dolgov, the CTO of Waymo, delves into the fascinating world of autonomous vehicles, discussing their development, potential, and the future landscape of transportation.

Waymo: Pioneering Autonomous Driving

Tracing back to its origins as Google's self-driving car project, Waymo has been at the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology. Dolgov sheds light on the journey, challenges, and achievements of Waymo over the years.

The Challenges and Potential of Self-Driving Cars

The conversation delves deep into the intricacies of autonomous driving. From technological advancements to safety considerations, Dolgov provides a comprehensive overview of the state of self-driving cars today.

Envisioning a Future with Autonomous Vehicles

Dolgov's insights paint a picture of a future where autonomous vehicles play a pivotal role in transportation, offering benefits in terms of safety, efficiency, and accessibility.


The dialogue with Dmitri Dolgov offers a deep dive into the realm of autonomous vehicles. As the transportation landscape evolves, conversations like these provide invaluable insights into the direction in which we are headed.