Waymo Self-Driving Engineer Says Humans Aren’t Meant To Drive

A self-driving car engineer from Waymo says humans aren’t designed to drive cars in a strange tweet that has left many pundits scratching their heads.

Yesterday, Vahid Kazemi tweeted of his experience almost running over five people in two days while driving a rental car without autonomous features.

“Have been driving in LA with a rental car that doesn’t have the autonomous features that my own car has. Almost crashed ten times and ran over five people in two days! Humans aren’t designed to drive cars!” he said.

The tweet has since been deleted with Kazemi claiming that it was a joke.

Nonetheless, it’s hard to ignore his ignorance. Sure, humans aren’t designed to drive cars but that doesn’t mean we can’t. In fact, many human drivers are better than any of the autonomous systems on offer. The point that many technology companies are designing their self-driving vehicles to mimic the way humans drive tells you that we can’t be all that horrible at controlling an automobile.

In Kazemi’s defence, there are millions of dangerous drivers out there that shouldn’t be on the roads but clearly he understands the error of his tweeting ways.


  • Six_Tymes


  • WG

    Self-driving engineer who doesn’t know how to drive a car himself…. now I’m worried about the autonomous automobiles that are going to hit the road in the near future.

  • Dre Andre

    FOOL. When cars were invented, autonomous technology was not even a thought with the most advanced thinking people in those days. This is what happens when trying too hard to sell something.

  • Ray Filetti

    I wonder how this guy will feel when one of his self driving cars crashes killing its occupants. No software is perfect, or unhackable. Maybe humans weren’t meant to write software either.

  • kachuks

    And some people aren’t meant to procreate. This guy should be on the list.

  • Craig

    So finally…. a little tech-nerd truth leaks out.

    • Status

      It still doesn’t prove any of your past points.

      And he’s right.

    • Status

      By the way, where was the hateful ‘tech nerd’ in this video, or would autonomous technology prevent this even happening?


      It’s okay to admit that you don’t know what machine learning is.

      • Craig

        Fuck off.

        • Status

          Damn, you’re weak. You just roll over and let those awful ‘tech nerds’ take over, and your only defense is ‘fuck off’.

          You should wave a white flag.

          • Craig

            You’re so brave.

  • Leconte Dave

    What a loser…

  • roy

    Or how about this ? You learn how to drive

  • fgclolz

    This is just another self-serving proclamation. If people were not meant to drive there wouldn’t be millions of cars on the road. Idiot!

  • Jason Panamera

    Humans aren’t designed to do the math, cooking, building structures but here we are. I don’t like how many people who jumped in well paid jobs and ,,world changing” technologies are considering themselves as gurus who’s opinions are groundbreaking and ultimate. Still being specialist in one thing/ industry doesn’t make you overall smart or intelligent. They are forcing autonomous drive only because of big money to get.Typical trend pushing only for cash. I want to see their Autonomous predictions becoming real while most of the people wouldn’t be able to afford new car with AI tech and most of the cars on the road still will be without it. Autonomous driving is like in vitro,it is noble thing but still I’d do this on my own.

    • Finkployd

      I read that like it was a rap verse 👨🏿💵👙🎙🏎🎶

      • Jason Panamera

        I got money on my mind and petrol in my vines.

    • Tumbi Mtika


    • Auf Wiedersehen

      I say bring it on…I’ll keep my Cayman and be like the 442 in Demolition Man. :p)

      • Jason Panamera

        Once there was a game called Carmaggedon 🙂

  • Dan

    We aren’t meant to wear shoes either so what’s his point lmao

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    You shouldn’t give arseholes like him the space to fill media with his belly rumblings.
    Tell him to go back to five finger knuckle shuffling as he creams over his autonomous wankmobile.
    (Are you getting the love I have for such grade-A’s?)

  • Blackwater

    Maybe THIS MORON wasn’t meant to drive.

    These “self-driving” cars are a sin against nature.

    • Awroo

      As if cars are “natural” in the first place? You make no sense.

  • Dariush

    humans arent meant to be engineers,maybe ai would be far better at it?

  • Tumbi Mtika


  • robotlogic

    Poor little snowflake can’t handle the stress of driving, probably can’t ride a bicycle or walk and chew gum at the same time.

  • TrevP

    This guy obviously doesn’t pay attention behind the wheel. I drove in LA last weekend for the auto show, never once almost crashed or hit pedestrians.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Clearly Mr Kazemi isn’t meant to drive but don’t speak for the rest of us. And our political system isn’t meant to include Tweets either, yet here we are. I think if anything this shows how autonomous driving is a bad idea. What happens when a human HAS to drive for some reason? This…

  • Ben

    One BIG correction to your article — the claim that “many human drivers are better than any of the autonomous systems on offer” is entirely false. Even with the foibles of the new systems, there has never been any human driver capable of driving as many miles as any of these systems without an at-fault collision. The vast majority of the accidents involving autonomous systems have been the result of human error (the other driver). The number of collisions caused by the autonomous car can be counted on one hand, with fingers left over to spare. Humans can drive cars, but they are vastly inferior at that activity than even today’s early-stage autonomous driving systems. Autonomous systems are so much safer than human drivers that the medical community is already sounding the alarm bells that the nation’s transplant industry is going to be in jeopardy because the majority of donor organs come from auto accident victims, the numbers of which are going to plummet once autonomous cars become the norm. You may be scared of autonomous cars, but the reality is that driving is the most dangerous activity that most people engage in…and the prime reason for that is human error. Our lives will be dramatically safer once self-driving cars take over.

    • Status

      I never thought of the organ donor factor. I suppose this opens up the possibility of synthetics.

The 2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe Is Already Out And About

The new M235i Gran Coupe is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four delivering 301 HP to all four wheels.

Subaru Impreza 22B STi Is Stunning, But It’s Also An $128k Affair

The Impreza 22B STi can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds thanks to its bespoke 2.2-liter turbo four.

Driven: 2019 Lexus NX300 F Sport Is An Engaging Drive Crying Out For An Update

The 2019 NX300 F Sport still has a unique appeal, but in certain areas it feels outdated compared to its rivals.

2008 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Has A Naturally Aspirated, 507 HP V8 Waiting For You

This first-gen CLS 63 AMG is equipped with the P30 AMG Performance package that brings carbon brakes, a limited-slip diff and sports suspension.

Do You Really Need More Than A Diesel-Powered BMW 3-Series?

The 320d sure is no M3, but with 187 HP, more than decent performance and good fuel economy, is a very good choice.

Lexus And Toyota Will Allegedly Launch Three New EVs By 2021

The two brands are also working on new plug-in hybrid models but, as one exec said, are waiting for the right time to introduce them.

This Is Where Mercedes-AMG Makes The New A45 And CLA 45

The German brand has started production of the A45, CLA 45 Coupe and CLA 45 Shooting Brake at its Kecskement plant in Hungary.

Dacia Duster Was EU’s Second Best-Selling Car In August Behind The VW Golf – See How The Rest Fared

The Sandero took fourth place, giving Dacia two models in the EU’s top 5 best sellers – quite an achievement given the brand’s somewhat limited range.

Lumma Design Adorns BMW X7 With Bold New Widebody Kit

Lumma’s X7 also sports a blacked-out kidney grille that doesn’t look half bad and big rims with extra wide tires.

Uniti One Configurator Up And Running, You Can Spec It Up To Nearly €26K

Uniti is now accepting deposits for the One EV from customers in the UK and Sweden, with other European countries to follow.