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Alphabet Division Waymo Will No Longer Use the Term ‘Self-Driving’ to Describe its Technology

Alphabet Division Waymo Will No Longer Use the Term ‘Self-Driving’ to Describe its Technology

To date, no major automaker or self-driving startup, has actually developed a vehicle capable of safe self-driving without human intervention. So Waymo, which spun out of Google’s self-driving car project over a decade ago, wants to help educate the public about the true capabilities of its autonomous driving technology. The company announced this week that going forward its will no longer refer to its technology as "self-driving."

FutureCar Staff 2021-01-06 12:55 PT

Waymo Releases Report on How it Ensures its Autonomous Vehicles Offer the Highest Level of Safety

Waymo Releases Report on How it Ensures its Autonomous Vehicles Offer the Highest Level of Safety

As a leader in the development of autonomous driving technology, including commercial robotaxis and self-driving trucks, Alphabet's autonomous driving division Waymo utilizes comprehensive safety requirements and practices for its autonomous vehicle development, testing and deployment phases, which the company shared in two detailed reports.

FutureCar Staff 2020-10-30 12:55 PT

Waymo Secures $750 Million in its Latest Funding Round, Totaling $3 Billion Since March

Waymo Secures $750 Million in its Latest Funding Round, Totaling $3 Billion Since March

Despite the economic fallout due to the coronavirus crisis, venture capital continues to flow to companies working on self-driving cars and commercial robotaxi services that have the potential to change the future mobility landscape. Waymo announced it had raised another $750 million its first ever outside investment round. The Alphabet subsidiary has raised $3 billion since March.

Eric Walz2020-05-13 10:00 PT

Waymo to Resume its Self-driving Vehicle Testing Next Week in Arizona

Waymo to Resume its Self-driving Vehicle Testing Next Week in Arizona

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo, the self-driving technology company which spawned from Google’s early self-driving car project, announced on Thursday that it will resume its autonomous vehicle testing next week. Waymo is putting some of its vehicles back on the road in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, where the company has been testing its driverless vehicles for the past several years.

FutureCar Staff 2020-05-08 15:15 PT

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

After announcing earlier this month that its would remove some safety drivers from its vehicles, Waymo CEO John Krafcik confirmed the company is now offering limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona without a safety driver behind the wheel.

Eric Walz2019-10-28 11:45 PT

Waymo is Headed to Florida to See How its Self-Driving Vehicles Perform in the Rain

Waymo is Headed to Florida to See How its Self-Driving Vehicles Perform in the Rain

​The sunny and tropical weather that Florida is famous for also brings with it heavy rain and thunderstorms, especially in the summer. For Alphabet subsidiary Waymo, Florida in the summer is the perfect place to test how its self-driving vehicles perform in the rain.

Eric Walz2019-08-20 11:55 PT

Google to Develop Self-Driving Taxis with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Auto Alliance

Google to Develop Self-Driving Taxis with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Auto Alliance

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s biggest auto groups, is reported to be working with Alphabet Inc’s Waymo division to develop autonomous taxis and other mobility services in Asia.

Eric Walz2019-02-05 12:56 PT

Waymo to Open a Self-Driving Car Assembly Plant Near Detroit

Waymo to Open a Self-Driving Car Assembly Plant Near Detroit

The self-driving car revolution may not come just from Silicon Valley and may be headed back to Detroit, the birthplace of America’s auto industry. Waymo, the self-driving division of Google’s spun out of the company’s first self-driving car program, announced it will open a factory near Detroit to outfit its fleet of vehicles for autonomous driving.

Eric Walz2019-01-22 11:28 PT

Waymo’s Commerical Driverless Taxi Service Launches in Arizona

Waymo’s Commerical Driverless Taxi Service Launches in Arizona

Waymo made some history today by launching the first ever commercial driverless shuttle service in Arizona.The service is called Waymo One and riders can use the company’s smartphone app to summon a ride in one of Waymo’s driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Eric Walz2018-12-05 11:56 PT