19 mars 2020

Tesla and rivals like Waymo and GM are locked in a battle over the future of self-driving cars

Tesla and rivals like Waymo and GM are locked in a battle over the future of self-driving cars The widening gap between Tesla and the rest of the self-driving-vehicle industry has created two distinct visions for the future of the technology. In recent years, many of the companies developing self-driving cars have backed off from the aggressive timelines they had previously set to introduce fully driverless vehicles for personal or commercial use. And they are increasingly using investments and... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2020

It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars?

It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars? In the age of AI advances, self-driving cars turned out to be harder than people expected.   When it comes to self-driving cars, the future was supposed to be now. In 2020, you’ll be a “permanent backseat driver,” the Guardian predicted in 2015. “10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020,” blared a Business Insider headline from 2016. Those declarations were accompanied by announcements from General Motors, Google’s Waymo, Toyota,... [Lire la suite]
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03 mars 2020

Silicon Valley is winning the race to build the first driverless cars

Silicon Valley is winning the race to build the first driverless cars Henry Ford didn’t invent the motor car. The late 1800s saw a flurry of innovation by hundreds of companies battling to deliver on the promise of fast, efficient and reasonably-priced mechanical transportation. Ford later came to dominate the industry thanks to the development of the moving assembly line. Today the sector is poised for another breakthrough with the advent of cars that drive themselves. But unlike the original wave of automobile innovation, the race... [Lire la suite]
21 février 2020

WAYMO’S DRIVERLESS CAR: GHOST-RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF A ROBOT TAXI

WAYMO’S DRIVERLESS CAR: GHOST-RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF A ROBOT TAXI Encountering construction, a wrong turn, and a flock of pigeons in the world’s only fully driverless car. I’m in the middle seat of a Chrysler Pacifica minivan, heading north on Dobson Road in Chandler, Arizona, when I notice we may have taken a wrong turn. Under normal circumstances, I would just lean forward and ask the driver for an explanation. But in this case, that’s not possible. There is, after all, no driver to ask. Last October, Alphabet’s... [Lire la suite]
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19 février 2020

It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars?

It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars? When it comes to self-driving cars, the future was supposed to be now. In 2020, you’ll be a “permanent backseat driver,” the Guardian predicted in 2015. “10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020,” blared a Business Insider headline from 2016. Those declarations were accompanied by announcements from General Motors, Google’s Waymo, Toyota, and Honda that they’d be making self-driving cars by 2020. Elon Musk forecast... [Lire la suite]
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15 janvier 2020

Now iPhone Users Can Tap Waymo's Self-Driving Ride-Hail App

Now iPhone Users Can Tap Waymo's Self-Driving Ride-Hail App The Google sibling says it has 1,500 monthly riders, including some who are chauffeured without a human backup driver. A year after launching its self-driving ride-hail program, Waymo is offering an iOS version of its app in the App Store, making it easier for iPhone users to catch a robotic ride in the Phoenix suburbs. The announcement from the Alphabet company, born in 2009 as Google’s Project Chauffeur, represents one more small... [Lire la suite]
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23 décembre 2019

Waymo’s robot taxi service is improving, but riders still have complaints

Waymo’s robot taxi service is improving, but riders still have complaints Waymo is operating its self-driving ride-hailing service in two cities: Phoenix, with some paying customers and some riding for free, and Silicon Valley, with just employees as passengers. A majority of riders leave positive feedback about their experiences riding in Waymo’s robot taxis, but there are still some notable complaints, according to internal data reviewed by The Information. The Information reviewed feedback on 10,500... [Lire la suite]
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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]