Editor's note: An earlier version of this story should have reflected that, with multiple stops along the way, Gatik’s vehicles can drive routes as long as 200 miles.
Most of his counterparts in the self-driving industry chase a moonshot, making enormous efforts to develop systems capable of handling complicated traffic scenarios in an almost-limitless number of areas.
Gautam Narang has no such ambitions.
Instead of building an automated driving system that operates in all conceivable situations, the co-founder and CEO of Gatik, a short-haul autonomous trucking company, aims to build one that works extremely well for a specific use case. The most vexing challenges in the broad AV realm? Leave those for others.
"We don't care about solving hard problems in the autonomy space," Narang said. "We don't care about that. What we care about is introducing all the constraints that we can. Whatever helps us constrain the problem, we do that."