The technology does not seem almost ready for prime-time based on my read. Consider, from the article:According to the article, the employees and technology are being absorbed by Ford and VW. The article implies that Argo is doing great and that its technology is almost ready for prime time.
-Ford noted that Argo was unable to attract new investors.
-Argo AI employees were told that some people would receive offers from the two automakers
-(Ford will) shift its resources to developing advanced driver assistance systems, and not autonomous vehicle technology
-(Ford thinks) large-scale profitable commercialization of Level 4 advanced driver assistance systems will be further out than originally anticipated,
The payoff for robotaxi/level 4 or 5 autonomy is huge. The fact that no investor will put money into the company, that only SOME of the employees will be transferred and Ford giving up on a huge and massively lucrative market in favor of ADAS screams FAILURE to me.