Waymo

  • ​Waymo began inviting folks in Phoenix to ride its autonomous cars in April 2017, a few months after the new Alphabet company was formed to commercialize the technology. Now Waymo One has officially launched, a commercial endeavor aimed at getting more of the public on board.​
  • ​Waymo (Google before it) has now clocked up over 10 million autonomous miles on public roads in 25 cities. Last year, Phoenix, Arizona, became the first to set its self-driving cars free of human back up by allowing a public trial of fully driverless vehicles. Now California has joined the party.​
  • As Waymo’s self-driving vehicles continue to clock up the miles, the company is focusing its trips based on feedback from the first year of its early riders program in Phoenix, Arizona. As well as expanding existing partnerships, Waymo has now teamed up with Walmart and DDR to streamline shopping.
  • ​While Uber's self driving ambitions have hit a bit of a roadblock, others are pressing ahead with efforts to get autonomous vehicles into action. Waymo has teamed up with Jaguar Land Rover to put 20,000 newly designed self-driving cars on the road over the next few years.
  • ​Waymo has clocked up millions of self-driving miles since starting Google's autonomous vehicle project in 2009, celebrating 5 million of them by releasing a 360-degree video to demonstrate how its cars see the world around them. Now the company is shifting gear by moving into cargo hauling.​
  • Waymo has covered some serious miles in testing its autonomous vehicles on public roads, five million (8 million km) of them in fact. To go with the milestone, the self-driving company has shared a 360-degree video that demonstrates how its vehicles see the world, and takes you along for the ride.
  • ​Google started experimenting with self-driving cars in 2009 and by the following year its small Californian fleet had logged 140,000 miles. Now called Waymo, the project has notched up 4 million self-driving miles on public roads, making a Waymo car the world's most experience driver.​
  • There are various driverless car trials taking place around the world, but these invariably involve a human at the wheel ready to take control in case of emergency. Google spin-off Waymo is moving into the next phase of testing, setting its driverless cars free on the roads of Phoenix.
  • ​​For self-driving cars to become commonplace, they will need to be equipped to handle every possible traffic scenario that could come their way. That is why Google spin-off Waymo has begun training its Chrysler minivans to detect emergency vehicles and the sound of wailing sirens.
  • As self-driving cars edge closer, manufacturers are expanding the range of scenarios they face during testing. Waymo is now opening its cars up to the public in Phoenix, AZ, in an attempt to see how they handle the cut-and-thrust of daily family duties.
  • Chrysler has completed the production of 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans built specifically for self-driving use by Waymo. The news is the first of note to come out of Waymo since it was spun-out from being Google's autonomous car project, with the vehicles to be used for self-driving testing.​