Tag: Waymo

Waymo’s self-driving taxi service is now a reality

We always expected Google to turn its self-driving car technology developed under Waymo into a self-driving taxi service of sorts, and Google finally delivered the service we’ve been waiting for. However, Waymo launched Waymo One without making a big deal over the event. Furthermore, the driverless taxi service is very limited, servicing interested users in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Waymo obtains California’s first fully driverless car permit

Waymo has obtained a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), it announced in a Medium post on Tuesday. It’s the first company to do so, and it gives the Google spinoff the green light to test its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans on the Sunshine State’s […]

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Waymo partners with Valley Metro for last-mile rides to public transportation

Self-driving cars aren’t just great for delivery, highway driving, and long-haul trucking. As researchers at MIT posited in 2011, they have the potential to fill gaps in local transportation — the so-called “last mile” between destinations and public infrastructure like buses, trains, and light rail. It’s an area of study Google spinoff Waymo intends to explore. […]

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Waymo partners with Phoenix to connect people to public transit

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, is launching a program in Phoenix next month that will focus on delivering people to bus stops and train and light-rail stations. The pilot program announced Tuesday is in partnership with Valley Metro, the Phoenix area’s regional public transportation authority. […]

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Waymo partners with Walmart, AutoNation, Avis, and others to drive their customers

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Waymo is starting trials to ferry shoppers to Walmart’s stores in Phoenix, Arizona, the company said on Wednesday. Walmart shoppers in Phoenix metropolitan area can order groceries on Walmart.com and as their order is being prepared at the store, self-driving cars will transport them to the store and bring them back, Waymo […]

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Waymo’s autonomous vehicles are driving 25,000 miles every day

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles. Waymo CEO John Krafcik shared the company’s milestone Friday while on stage with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The figure […]

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Waymo announces Jaguar I-Paces to join its self-driving fleet by 2020

Google subsidiary Waymo earlier this year announced a strategic partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to develop autonomous versions of the automaker’s Jaguar I-Pace SUVs, and today, it took the wraps off the fruits of its labor: new all-electric crossovers that’ll join the company’s self-driving fleet by 2020. The new utility vehicles aren’t operating autonomously just […]

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Trov launches its on-demand personal property insurance services in the U.S.

Trov, the on-demand personal property insurance service, is launching in the U.S., the company announced today. Trov’s first port of call in the U.S. will be Arizona. The service is already available to customers in the UK and Australia who have signed up to insure items one million times since the company first launched its […]

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Waymo names Ex-Netflix, Cruise Automation executive as chief people officer

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has hired former Netflix and Cruise Automation executive Tawni Nazario-Cranz as its chief people officer. Nazario-Cranz will be responsible for hiring workers, shaping the company’s culture, and diversity initiatives. She will report directly to Waymo CEO John Krafick. The executive […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo hopes to bring self-driving car service to Europe

Reuters) — Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo wants to bring its robo-taxi service to Europe after it launches in the United States later this year. Waymo’s Chief Executive John Krafcik said the company could enter European markets in collaboration with a partner, but did not give any timeframe. “There is an opportunity for us at Waymo […]

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SoftBank Fund Puts $2.25 Billion in G.M.’s Driverless Unit

Self-driving cars have increasingly figured in visions of the automotive future, and a big new investment is the latest signal that such a moment is close at hand. On Thursday, a fund affiliated with SoftBank Group of Japan said it planned to invest $2.25 billion in the driverless-technology division of General Motors to help the […]

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