07 juillet 2019

We spoke to a Waymo One customer about how robot taxis get confused by rainstorms

We spoke to a Waymo One customer about how robot taxis get confused by rainstorms Last month, Waymo launched its first self-driving taxi service — Waymo One — in Phoenix, Arizona, but you would hardly know it by scrolling through your feed. No Facebook posts, no live-streaming videos, no tweets. We don’t know how many people are using the Google offshoot’s self-driving minivans (Waymo won’t say), but the ones that are have been surprisingly mute on social media. One exception is Shawn Metz, a 30-year-old HR manager who... [Lire la suite]
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25 juin 2019

Waymo just signed a deal to make self-driving cars for use in France and Japan

Waymo just signed a deal to make self-driving cars for use in France and Japan Waymo has signed a deal with Renault and Nissan to develop self-driving cars and trucks for use in France, Japan and possibly other countries in Asia. It’s the first agreement Waymo has signed to provide its technology and services to automakers working to build their own self-driving cars. General Motors’ subsidiary Cruise is expected to launch its first autonomous vehicle this year. Waymo has signed a deal... [Lire la suite]
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09 avril 2019

Here come the self-driving taxis

Here come the self-driving taxis   FOR THE first time in decades, a futuristic transportation technology is on the verge of going mass market. It is not quite flying cars, but autonomous taxis—or “robotaxis”, as they are sometimes called. They will transform cities and business travel, and will hit some other industries hard on the way too. Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet, a tech firm, is planning to launch the world’s first commercial driverless taxi service early next month in Phoenix, Arizona. Waymo, which has yet to... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2019

Waymo and Tesla, Same Goals Different Paths to Level 5

Waymo and Tesla, Same Goals Different Paths to Level 5 Waymo and Tesla both have the same goal toward fully L5 driverless self driving cars, but they differ in approach from a design and engineering philosophy. Elon Musk relies on computer vision systems that use a combination of ultrasonic, radar and camera devices. Waymo on the other hand use a very fundamental device among driverless car makers and that is LiDAR. Elon believes Tesla can rely on it’s sophisticated hardware with AI software while Waymo implements LiDAR at the... [Lire la suite]
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12 décembre 2018

Waymo, Cruise, Mobileye, and Tesla are all tackling self-driving cars in different ways — here's the breakdown

Waymo, Cruise, Mobileye, and Tesla are all tackling self-driving cars in different ways — here's the breakdown Waymo, Cruise, Intel/ Mobileye, and Tesla are the major contestants in the self-driving car race. Each has developed a different business model. Waymo and GM are using laser-radar technology, while Mobileye and Tesla are relying on cameras and sensors. We're quite close to witnessing the arrival of widespread self-driving technologies that consumers can actually experience. Alphabet's Waymo... [Lire la suite]
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10 décembre 2018

RIDING IN WAYMO ONE, THE GOOGLE SPINOFF’S FIRST SELF-DRIVING TAXI SERVICE

RIDING IN WAYMO ONE, THE GOOGLE SPINOFF’S FIRST SELF-DRIVING TAXI SERVICE It is late afternoon in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and I’m getting jittery waiting for my self-driving car to make a left turn before arriving at the coffee shop. Seconds tick by, and the vehicle — an autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan owned by Waymo — is letting too many opportunities pass by without turning. But before I can get truly annoyed, the Waymo vehicle makes the left, and my mid-afternoon caffeine fix is soon satiated. Waymo, the... [Lire la suite]
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07 novembre 2018

Google sibling Waymo launches fully autonomous ride-hailing service

Google sibling Waymo launches fully autonomous ride-hailing service Alphabet’s self-driving car firm beats Uber to be first to offer robot taxis without humans behind the wheel to take over in an emergency   Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will start picking up passengers without a human behind the wheel, even for emergencies, in the next few months, as the Google-sibling steps up war with Uber.  Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car, is launching a fully autonomous Uber-like ride-hailing... [Lire la suite]
03 octobre 2018

More autonomous Waymo vehicles coming to Phoenix area

More autonomous Waymo vehicles coming to Phoenix area SAN FRANCISCO — A self-driving car service that Google spinoff Waymo plans to launch later this year will include up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The deal announced Thursday is the latest sign of Waymo’s confidence in its self-driving car technology, which sprung from a secret Google project started nine years ago. The technology will initially be deployed in a ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area before the end of this year and then expand into other U.S.... [Lire la suite]
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10 septembre 2018

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WAYMO SELF-DRIVING TAXI

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WAYMO SELF-DRIVING TAXI Waymo is ready to start charging for its self-driving trips, but first, it needs to master the dreaded art of fleet management In a nondescript depot in suburban Arizona, the future of transportation is getting a tune-up. This is where Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, houses its growing fleet of self-driving cars: hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans fitted with highly advanced hardware and software that enables them to safely ride on public roads without a... [Lire la suite]
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05 juillet 2018

HOW TESLA AND WAYMO ARE TACKLING A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS: DATA

HOW TESLA AND WAYMO ARE TACKLING A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS: DATA Autonomous cars won’t happen without tons of data, but Tesla and Waymo have a big head start  There’s a race happening right now that stretches from Silicon Valley to Detroit and back: who can make a self-driving car that behaves better than a human driver? It’s a far harder task than it sounded even a few years ago because human drivers know a lot — not just about their cars but about how people behave on the road when they’re behind the... [Lire la suite]
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