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At CES, New Questions Emerge as Self-Driving Ambitions Narrow

Photo: An attendee trying out the Mercedes Benz multimedia system at CES this week. Photo by Bloomberg

Executives from self-driving carmakers and software companies who gathered this week at CES, the giant annual electronics show in Las Vegas, appeared to agree on at least one thing: It’s time to lower expectations about autonomous vehicles.

In the aftermath of a deadly accident last year involving a car in Uber’s self-driving fleet, and as Waymo has slow-rolled the launch of an autonomous taxi service, the industry is starting the new year with a new, more humble attitude, The Information found in interviews with dozens of executives at this year’s CES.

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