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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 to Open New Autonomous Testing Facility in Ohio

Waymo to Open New Autonomous Testing Facility in Ohio

The facility is being built in partnership with the Transportation Research Center and will help the company test its vehicles in more diverse weather conditions and complex urban situations.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-12-07 07:15 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

Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Division Waymo to Partner with Daimler on Self-Driving Class-8 Trucks

Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Division Waymo to Partner with Daimler on Self-Driving Class-8 Trucks

Alphabet’s autonomous driving division Waymo has announced a global partnership with Daimler Trucks in which Waymo will integrate its advanced autonomous driving stack it calls “Waymo Driver” into Class 8 trucks from Freightliner.

Eric Walz2020-10-27 11:55 PT

Alphabet Subsidiary Waymo Shares New Details About its Self-Driving Class-8 Trucks

Alphabet Subsidiary Waymo Shares New Details About its Self-Driving Class-8 Trucks

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo shared new details about its advanced driverless trucks that are poised to transform the shipping industry, making freight delivery much safer and more efficient. So far, the company's autonomous Class-8 trucks have been tested on public roads in a wide variety of cities and environments in California, Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Eric Walz2020-10-13 12:50 PT

Driverless Waymo One Service Goes Public in Phoenix

Driverless Waymo One Service Goes Public in Phoenix

Waymo has expanded its fully autonomous service in Phoenix to more One riders and expects to go fully autonomous very shortly.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-10-11 08:00 PT

Waymo Was Able to Test Autonomous Vehicles at Its Fake City During COVID-19

Waymo Was Able to Test Autonomous Vehicles at Its Fake City During COVID-19

It’s one of those times Waymo was probably incredibly happy about its extensive 113-acre self-driving car facility.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-09-13 19:45 PT

Waymo’s Chief Safety Officer is Stepping Down From Her Role

Waymo’s Chief Safety Officer is Stepping Down From Her Role

Debbie Hersman, is stepping down from her role as Waymo’s Chief Safety Officer, a position she's held since 2019. However, Waymo said that she will remain as a consultant to the autonomous driving arm of parent Alphabet Inc.

FutureCar Staff 2020-05-22 16:00 PT

Waymo Develops a Machine Learning Model to Predict the Behavior of Other Road Users for its Self-Driving Vehicles

Waymo Develops a Machine Learning Model to Predict the Behavior of Other Road Users for its Self-Driving Vehicles

To help Waymo's driving vehicles make better predictions, the company developed a new machine learning model called “VectorNet”, that provides more accurate behavior predictions than a traditional convolutional neural network, the company says. VectorNet essentially takes a highly complex scene and simplifies it using vectors so it can be processed with less computing power.

Eric Walz2020-05-14 17:30 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

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

In one of the biggest cases involving the theft of intellectual property in Silicon Valley in recent memory, Anthony Levandowski, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, has agreed to plead guilty for stealing trade secrets from the technology giant and using them to launch his own self-driving truck startup Ottomotto.

Eric Walz2020-03-20 10:00 PT

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

After Alphabet subsidiary Waymo announced it was cancelling its autonomous vehicles testing using drivers on Tuesday, other notable Bay Area companies, including Uber, Cruise and Pony.ai have followed suit and suspended their operations that normally rely on safety drivers behind the wheel to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

FutureCar Staff 2020-03-18 04:00 PT

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo, the self-driving division of Parent Alphabet, announced on Monday it raised $2.25 billion in its first ever external funding round. Waymo spun out of Google’s early self-driving car project, which was one of the first efforts to develop self-driving cars over a decade ago.

Eric Walz2020-03-02 15:30 PT

Waymo Commits to Using Safety Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles Long Term

Waymo Commits to Using Safety Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles Long Term

Human operators will be in Waymo’s self-driving cars for years to come, as the company recently signed a multiyear contract with Transdev North America for transportation workers.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-20 08:00 PT

Waymo’s Autonomous Fleet Surpasses the 20 Million Mile Mark

Waymo’s Autonomous Fleet Surpasses the 20 Million Mile Mark

Google’s autonomous car company took 10 years to hit the first 10 million miles, but just an additional year to hit the other 10 million, revealing just how quickly the company is racking up miles.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-11 06:30 PT

Waymo Puts out 14 Minute Video for First Responder Precautions

Waymo Puts out 14 Minute Video for First Responder Precautions

To try to educate first responders on its autonomous vehicles, Waymo put out a 14-minute video on YouTube to try to train emergency responders on how to interact with a self-driving vehicle in case of an accident.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-29 09:00 PT

Waymo Exits Austin, Looks to Focus on Programs in Detroit and Phoenix

Waymo Exits Austin, Looks to Focus on Programs in Detroit and Phoenix

Waymo is saying goodbye to Austin, Texas, as the ride-hailing company is putting its autonomous vehicles out of the city.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-19 05:30 PT

Waymo Already Looking to Expand “Rider Only” Autonomous Taxi Service

Waymo Already Looking to Expand “Rider Only” Autonomous Taxi Service

Riders in Phoenix, Arizona may be picked up in an autonomous Waymo robo-taxi soon, as the company recently started offering “rider-only” trips in the city at the end of October.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-10 06:00 PT

Waymo’s Detroit Plant Helping With Autonomous Car Production

Waymo’s Detroit Plant Helping With Autonomous Car Production

Detroit may be home to the three largest American automakers, but Waymo has plans to make the city a hub for the production of autonomous cars.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-03 06:00 PT

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