Waymo opens its self-driving taxis to 'Trusted Testers' in San Francisco

Posted in REVIEWS on August 24, 2021
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Alphabet's fully autonomous driving unit Waymo is ready to offer rides to select passengers in San Francisco, the company announced on Tuesday. Starting later today, residents can sign up to become "Trusted Testers." With an invite to the program, you can use the Waymo One app to take rides in the fleet of Jaguar I-Pace vehicles Waymo will have stationed in the city.  Waymo describes the Trusted Tester program as a "research-focused" effort designed to Read More »

Waymo Is 99% of the way to self-driving cars. The last 1% is the hardest

Posted in REVIEWS on August 22, 2021

Joel Johnson laughs nervously from the backseat when his self-driving taxi stops in the middle of a busy road in suburban Phoenix. The car, operated by autonomous vehicle pioneer Waymo, has encountered a row of traffic cones in a construction zone, and won’t move. “Go around, man,” Johnson says as he gestures to the drivers honking behind him. After the vehicle has spent 14 mostly motionless minutes obstructing traffic, a Waymo technician tries to approach Read More »

Waymo, Cruise seek permits to charge for autonomous car rides in San Francisco

Posted in REVIEWS on May 15, 2021
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BERKELEY, Calif. — Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and rival Cruise have applied for permits needed to start charging for rides and delivery using autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, state documents reviewed by Reuters showed, setting the stage for the biggest tests yet of their technology in a dense urban environment. Neither company revealed when they intend to launch services. But they detailed contrasting deployment plans, with Waymo starting with "drivered operations" and Cruise expecting to deploy Read More »

CEO of Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo steps down from job

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021
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SAN RAMON, Calif. — The executive who steered the transformation of Google's self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the job. John Krafcik announced his departure as CEO of Waymo, a company spun out from Google, in a Friday blog post that cited his desire to enjoy life as the world emerges from the pandemic. “I'm looking forward to a refresh period, Read More »