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As the head of Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle unit, John Krafcik is charged with schooling Silicon Valley in the ways of the Motor City
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—John Krafcik can speak two languages, Motor City and Silicon Valley, and if Google makes progress in developing self-driving cars, it might have his translation skills to thank.
After building his career at Ford Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co., Mr. Krafcik, 55 years old, now heads Google’s self-driving car effort, called Waymo. Unlike automotive industry executives, who tend to have plush offices, he has a desk...