Brin, who spoke at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, discussed his new role at Google, which he said is focused on advanced research projects like Google’s famous self-driving cars, as well as some “infrastructure” projects.
Brin said he was optimistic that Google’s so-called “autonomous cars” would eventually make it to market – though he noted that the vehicles still required a good deal of research and development before being ready for prime time.
The cars have successfully completed a 1,000-mile challenge, covering tricky terrain such as San Francisco’s steep and wind-y Lombard Street without human intervention, Brin told a small group of reporters during a media briefing that followed his on-stage appearance.
But, he said, “we need to move on to doing a million miles. And the level of reliability that we need for a real consumer product is high. And we’re getting there.”