Lyft to let riders hail Waymo self-driving taxis from its app

10 May
Waymo and Lyft logosLyft users in the Phoenix area may soon be able to hail a self-driving car from Google's Waymo division directly from the ride-sharing service's smartphone app. The two firms announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will see Waymo autonomous vehicles deployed as part of the Lyft network. The addition of Waymo self-driving cars to the Lyft...

Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

3 May
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceWaymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software must be able to identify differences in cyclists and...

Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

24 Apr
Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, ArizonaGoogle's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would provide jobs in an area affected by recent...

Google’s Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars

23 Mar
Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehiclesGoogle's Waymo self-driving car division on Wednesday brought California Highway Patrol officers to the classroom to go teach them how to deal with self-driving cars. KNTV reported that Waymo employees showed the highway patrol officers not only how to pull over an autonomous vehicle but how self-driving cars actually operate. Waymo provided...

Google’s Waymo to sell its self-driving car sensor tech

11 Mar
Waymo self-driving prototypeGoogle's self-driving car division, Waymo, will begin selling one of its lidar sensors as it hopes to attain production scale and drive down the technology's cost. Waymo told Bloomberg last week that it will sell the lidar sensors to any company so long as it agrees not to compete directly with its business of self-driving cars for ride-sharing...

Waymo self-driving car navigates flashing traffic light, follows police signals

25 Feb
Waymo self-driving carSelf-driving cars aren't ready for prime time yet, but they continue to show promising signs of intelligence. The latest example is Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica that successfully navigated a broken traffic light and followed a police officer's hand signals. The quick video shows the self-driving car's view with the real-world view in the...

Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars

14 Dec
Waymo self-driving prototypeNot everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state has seen 21 cases in which an individual has assaulted a Waymo self-driving car over the past two years. According to the report, people have thrown rocks, slashed tires, and harassed the cars...

Waymo details self-driving taxi service for Arizona

6 Dec
Waymo self-driving carWaymo promised it would launch a public self-driving ride-share service by the end of 2018, but instead, it will start with a limited-scale service for screened riders. Google's self-driving car subsidiary unveiled Waymo One on Wednesday, which provides self-driving taxis to a few hundred riders the company has already cleared as part of its early...

Google’s Waymo to launch driverless taxi service in two months

16 Nov
Waymo self-driving carWaymo, Google and parent company Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, plans to launch its first self-driving taxi service in the next two months. The company's chief executive officer, John Krafcik, told an audience at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference on Tuesday that the service will first launch in Phoenix, according to a report...

Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

2 Nov
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceCalifornia granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and comes as a result of new regulations passed...