Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy

Enlarge (credit: Waymo) The Wednesday rollout of Waymo One, Waymo’s commercial self-driving taxi service, falls far short of expectations the company itself set earlier in the year. In late September, a Waymo spokeswoman told Ars by email that the Phoenix service would be fully driverless and open to members of the public—claims I reported in […]

Waymo has launched its commercial self-driving service in Phoenix — and it’s called ‘Waymo One’ (GOOGL)

Waymo has officially launched in commercial self-driving service in Phoenix. The service is called “Waymo One.” It will be opening initially just to early riders who have been testing the service. Waymo drivers will continue to supervise the Chrysler Pacifica minivans as Waymo One is rolled out. Waymo is finally hitting the road for real. […]

Waymo is the first company that’s allowed to test autonomous cars without a backup driver in California (GOOGL)

Waymo Waymo received a permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Tuesday to test autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers on public roads, the DMV said in a statement. The Google spin-off is the first company to receive permission to test unmanned self-driving cars in California. California adopted regulations that allow for the […]

Waymo gets green light from California DMV: AVs in some cities are ok

Enlarge / This is the sixth type of vehicle Waymo has added its self-driving technology to. The company has also ordered thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for its fleet. (credit: Waymo) Waymo and the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Tuesday that the Golden State had approved a permit for the self-driving-car company to […]

Report: Former top Waymo engineer altered code to go on “forbidden routes”

Enlarge (credit: Caitlin O’Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images) In the early days of what ultimately became Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division (known at the time as “Project Chauffeur”), there were “more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious,” according to a new article in The New Yorker. The magazine profiled Anthony Levandowski, […]

Waymo pilot program shows how self-driving cars could boost transit

Enlarge / One of the earliest families in Waymo’s public trial in Phoenix poses with a Waymo minivan. (credit: Waymo) Waymo is about to launch a pilot program to explore how self-driving cars can be used in combination with public transit, the Google self-driving car unit announced on Tuesday. Starting in August, employees of Valley Metro, […]

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…Read […]

Waymo announces 7 million miles of testing, putting it far ahead of rivals

Enlarge (credit: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) A Waymo executive announced on Tuesday that the company’s self-driving car fleet would reach 7 million miles of testing this week. “We’ve amassed close to 7 million miles—we’ll hit 7 million miles this week,” said Shaun Stewart, Waymo’s director of operations, at the Innovfest Unbound conference in Singapore. What makes […]

Waymo self-driving van involved in Arizona crash

A self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan operated by Waymo, the autonomy subsidiary of Alphabet/Google, was involved in a two-car accident Friday afternoon in Chandler, Ariz. First reports indicate the autonomous vehicle was not at fault in the crash — not the “violator vehicle,” according to ABC 15 News. This may be Waymo’s first accident in its […]