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Tackling the task of deploying and routing self-driving cars

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Automated vehicles, when they are ready, won't magically deploy themselves into robo-taxi services. They will require sophisticated dispatch and routing software like Uber and Lyft use today to match passengers with vehicles and get them to their destination.

Why it matters: Most AV developers don't specialize in routing. They're focused on the AI and robotics necessary for vehicles to drive themselves.

The financiers' hour

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This was a big week for financiers looking to make enormous profits from the empire-building ambitions of businesses with dubious business models.