Google’s parent company Alphabet has a division called Waymo that’s working on self-driving cars. It has an entire fleet of autonomous cars that are being tested on public roads. The company eventually wants to launch a ride-hailing service that uses these self-driving cars. Waymo hasn’t said what the fares for its self-driving taxi service will be but it has reportedly started testing trip fares with early riders.
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Google’s parent company Alphabet has its own self-driving division called Waymo. It has been testing its self-driving cars on public roads for quite some time and the division has now passed a major milestone. It has been confirmed that Waymo’s self-driving cars have driven more than 8 million miles on public roads. This equals to almost 25,000 miles being driven every single day which is considerably more than what its […]
For a while we’ve known about Apple’s interest in self-driving cars and the technology behind it. We’re not sure what the company plans to do about it, but whatever the company is planning for the technology is certainly progressing thanks to a recent hire in the form of Jaime Waydo, a senior engineer who previously worked with Waymo and was also at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Uber and Waymo had long been involved in a costly legal battle covering self-driving technology. Waymo, a startup owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, claimed that Uber stole its trade secrets and demanded $1.8 billion. The matter was eventually settled by the two companies with Waymo getting around $245 million worth of Uber equity and a guarantee that the company won’t use Waymo’s confidential research in its autonomous cars. With […]
By now many of you would be aware that an Uber self-driving car struck down a pedestrian in Arizona a couple of months ago who died not too long after the accident. Uber has since suspended its autonomous driving tests as it conducts an investigation into what happens. There’s still a lot of work left to do to ensure that autonomous cars are completely safe on public roads, nevertheless, accidents […]
At the moment many companies, both carmakers and tech companies, who are testing out self-driving cars. However in order to test them on public roads, for the most part the laws around the world require a human driver to be in the car to takeover in case something goes wrong during the testing process.
Waymo, the self-driving concern of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has shown any intentions of slowing down after the fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car. While other companies like NVIDIA and Toyota have suspended tests following the accident as a precautionary move, Waymo is keeping its head down and working toward its goal. According to a new report, the company has yet another self-driving car partnership to announce soon, this […]
Waymo, the self-driving division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, today announced the launch of the world’s first premium fully self-driving all-electric car in partnership with Jaguar called I-PACE. The car has been built for Waymo’s self-driving taxi service and it blends Jaguar’s style with Waymo’s self-driving technology.
By now many have probably heard of the fatal accident that Uber’s self-driving car was involved in. While the crash is still being investigated an, it seems that Waymo believes that if it had been their car on the road, their self-driving tech would have avoided the accident that Uber made.
With the bitter legal dispute behind them, Uber and Waymo are now free to form a possible partnership to work together on self-driving cars. According to a new report, Uber has been thinking of ways to get its riders into Waymo’s self-driving cars. Waymo is already partnering with many companies on autonomous cars so there’s nothing really stopping it from joining forces with Uber as well.
Self-driving cars are equipped with all kinds of sensors and gadgets meant to help them decide where and when to turn, how to avoid obstacles like objects and people, but exactly how does it all “look” like? For those who are interested, the folks at Waymo have recently published a video that lets you see what self-driving cars “see”.
As it stands it is a rule in which all companies that wish to test self-driving cars are required to have a human driver behind the wheel. This is a safety net of sorts where in the event something goes wrong, the human driver can easily takeover control of the car and hopefully steer it to safety.
It seems that Alphabet’s Waymo is looking to build up a pretty sizable fleet of self-driving cars because in an announcement by carmaker Fiat Chrysler, both companies have reached a deal which will see Waymo buy “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica minivans which presumably will be turned into self-driving vehicles.