SAN FRANCISCO — In crucial decision taken up by a roboticist and other who were working on Google’s self-driving car, as they are soon leaving company. Sources said Chris Urmson, a Carnegie Mellon University research scientist, joined Google in 2009 to help create the then-secret effort. According to two employee of Google, Mr. Urmson has been unhappy with the direction of the car project under Mr. Krafcik’s leadership and quarreled privately several months ago with Larry Page over where it was headed.
Johnny Luu, a spokesman for Alphabet, the parent company of X, the company’s research division that oversees the car project, confirmed Mr. Urmson was planning to leave.
In his mail, “Seven years ago, the idea that a car could drive itself wasn’t much more than an idea. Chris has been a vital force for the project, helping the team move from a research phase to a point where this lifesaving technology will soon become a reality. He departs with our warmest wishes,”.