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Waymo & GM’s Autonomous Driving Unit Cruise Granted Permits to Deploy Commercial Self-Driving Vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area

Waymo & GM’s Autonomous Driving Unit Cruise Granted Permits to Deploy Commercial Self-Driving Vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alphabet’s self-driving division Waymo, along with Cruise, the autonomous driving unit of automaker General Motors, have each been issued permits by California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to deploy commercial self-driving vehicles carrying paying customers. The permits pave the way for a more broader deployment of autonomous ride-hailing services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eric Walz2021-09-30 16:30 PT

Waymo is Now Picking Up Riders in its Self-Driving Robotaxis in San Francisco

Waymo is Now Picking Up Riders in its Self-Driving Robotaxis in San Francisco

Alphabet’s autonomous driving division Waymo, which spun out of Google’s self-driving car project, has launched its commercial robotaxi service in San Francisco for a select group of early testers. The company was approved to begin picking up passengers in its driverless vehicles for the first time in the city after extensively testing its technology using safety drivers behind the wheel.

Eric Walz2021-08-24 10:00 PT

Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Unit Waymo Announces a New $2.5 Billion Funding Round

Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Unit Waymo Announces a New $2.5 Billion Funding Round

​Waymo, the self-driving division of Alphabet that spun out of Google’s self-driving car project, secured a significant new investment. On Wednesday, the company announced a new $2.5 billion funding round led by Waymo’s parent company Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz and others.

Eric Walz2021-06-16 09:05 PT

Waymo CFO is Leaving the Company Following the Departure of CEO John Krafcik Last Month

Waymo CFO is Leaving the Company Following the Departure of CEO John Krafcik Last Month

Ger Dwyer, the Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet's autonomous driving unit Waymo, is leaving the company following the unexpected departure of CEO John Krafcik last month. Also leaving is Chief Automotive Office Adam Frost, who first began working for Google's self-driving car project in 2013, which spun out as Waymo.

FutureCar Staff 2021-05-13 11:30 PT

The CEO of Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Division Waymo Steps Down From His Role

The CEO of Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Division Waymo Steps Down From His Role

​John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo for over five years, announced on Friday that he is stepping down from his role. Waymo spun out of Google’s early self-driving car project and is viewed as the leading developer of self-driving technology. He is being replaced by current Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov and COO Tekedra Mawakana. The two will lead the company as co-CEOs.

Eric Walz2021-04-02 15:30 PT

Waymo Updates its Open Dataset for Autonomous Vehicles to Help Researchers Better Predict the Behavior of other Road Users

Waymo Updates its Open Dataset for Autonomous Vehicles to Help Researchers Better Predict the Behavior of other Road Users

Waymo, the self-driving subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. that spun out of Google’s self-driving car project, is adding prediction data to its massive Open Dataset which third parties can use for making their self-driving systems safer. Waymo first released its Open Dataset in 2019. The data was collected from its fleet of self-driving vehicles, which have traveled over 20 million miles.

Eric Walz2021-03-10 16:30 PT

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

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