Tag: Waymo

Waymo plans to open 85,000-square-foot technical service center in Mesa, Arizona

Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car division, today announced that it would open an 85,000-square-foot technical service center in the city of Mesa, Arizona, near Phoenix’s East Valley, which it says will “more than double” its capacity to maintain the fleet of cars in Waymo One, its eponymous driverless taxi service in Pheonix. “[O]ver […]

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Waymo is selling lidar sensors for robotics, security, and agriculture

Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car division, today announced that it’ll begin selling the custom-designed lidar sensor sensors it uses on its driverless cars to other companies. Lidar — sensors that measure the distance to target objects by illuminating them with laser light and measuring the reflected pulses — form the foundation of a number […]

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Waymo May Work On Self-Driving Cars With Renault-Nissan

Waymo has already worked with the likes of Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover on self-driving cars and is now said to be in talks about a potential partnership with the powerful Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. According to reports Waymo, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is in the “final phase” of talks with this alliance […]

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California Gives Ford’s Argo AI Green Light to Test AVs

Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based firm Ford pumped $1 billion into and handed responsibility for educating its self-driving vehicles, just received a go-ahead for testing in the State of California. The company gained a testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, making its autonomous trials perfectly legal on public roads. Ford’s current trajectory has its […]

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Michigan leans on manufacturing history in bid to become a hub for autonomous vehicles

This week, Waymo announced that it will turn an old factory in the Detroit, Michigan area into a retrofitting facility for level four autonomous vehicles. There’s plenty of unused factory space in the Midwest, but Waymo chose Michigan because of the state’s long history as the center of auto manufacturing. “In the U.S., the auto industry […]

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Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan

Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, announced plans for a Michigan expansion on Tuesday. The company is currently seeking a location in the southeast section of the state and intends to hire up to 400 employees over the next five years. According to a corporate blog post, the new new hires will be tasked with installing autonomous […]

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Waymo to retrofit 200,000-square-foot autonomous vehicle factory in Michigan

Waymo will soon ramp up its assembly of self-driving cars in Detroit, Michigan, the company announced today. The Alphabet subsidiary said that it’ll invest $13.6 million to expand its operations in the Great Lakes state, following a vote by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to approve the plans. Waymo operates a roughly 20-person, 53,000-square-foot […]

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Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The assailant slipped out of a park around noon one day in October, zeroing in on his target, which was idling at a nearby intersection — a self-driving van operated by Waymo, the driverless-car company spun out of Google. He carried out his attack with an unidentified sharp object, swiftly slashing one […]

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California grants Zoox first permit to transport passengers in driverless vehicles

(Reuters) — Self-driving car startup Zoox has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in which self-driving cars will transport […]

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Guns, Drunks, and Rage: Waymo Self-driving Vans Targeted by Angry Arizonians

Waymo began testing its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans in the Phoenix-area city of Chandler, Arizona two years ago, and the local populace hasn’t left them alone since. A report in the Arizona Republic describes a multitude of incidents where citizens, apparently enraged by the sight of the Waymo vans, decided to threaten and attack their […]

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Waymo tests AI driving system that learns from labeled data

Alphabet’s self-driving spinoff Waymo achieved some noteworthy milestones this year, in August surpassing 10 million real-world miles with its driverless cars and last week launching Waymo One, a commercial driverless taxi service. But its researchers have their eyes fixed on the future. In a blog post published today on Medium, researchers Mayank Bansal and Abhijit […]

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Work in Progress: Waymo Van Stakeout Reveals the Challenges of Self-driving Tech

The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica vans operated by Alphabet-owned Waymo didn’t know they were under surveillance, but indeed they were. Reporters from the Arizona Republic were on their tail, watching as the autonomous vans — safety driver behind the wheel — tooled around the streets of the Phoenix, Arizona metro area for a period in October. […]

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Waymo’s First Commercial Self-driving Service Launches in Phoenix

We’ve arrived. It’s officially #TheFuture. After years of talk within the auto industry, Waymo says it will become the first company to offer a commercial taxi service using autonomous vehicles when the program launches in Arizona today. Called Waymo One, the Google subsidiary plans to offer the first batch of rides to the 400 individuals who […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo unveils its first commercial driverless taxi service: Waymo One

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo today took a huge step toward launching its first public self-driving taxi service. Waymo has been testing a driverless car service in Phoenix for a while already, but today the company officially lifted the lid on its first commercial service that riders can actually pay for. Waymo One, as the […]

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Nonfiction: Imagining What Happens When the Robots Take the Wheel

NO ONE AT THE WHEEL Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future By Samuel I. Schwartz 272 pp. PublicAffairs. $30. An appalling statistic appears toward the end of “No One at the Wheel,” Samuel Schwartz’s valuable primer on self-driving cars: In the century since the automobile arrived on the scene, 70 million people have […]

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What Does Ford Look Like As a Mobility Company?

These days, every automaker is in the midst of a metamorphosis, eager to emerge from their chrysalis as a “mobility company.” Even brands that don’t seem bent on completely revolutionizing their business model now use the term in reference to themselves. Ford, which has positioned itself as a mobility company ever since Mark Fields was steering […]

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