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Google spinoff Waymo has built its own self-driving sensors

Washington Post - Technology News

Google's autonomous driving spinoff, Waymo, has developed sensors that pair with its self-driving software, potentially opening the door for the company to sell a comprehensive system that automakers build into future car models. Google initially built its self-driving software on a prototype car outfitted with sensors, cameras and other hardware from outside suppliers. But to build a more affordable and sophisticated system capable of fully autonomous driving, the company decided it needed to create both halves of the technology, executives said. The announcement comes just weeks after Japanese automaker Honda said it would incorporate Waymo's technology into some of its vehicles. The companies said that deal was centered on research rather than producing vehicles for market, Bloomberg News reported.


Would you ride Lyft in a self-driving car? Waymo's autonomous minivans are breaking in to ride-sharing

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Waymo is launching its first self-driving car service in Phoenix Arizona called Waymo One. Waymo, a subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet which is developing autonomous vehicles and related services, has officially expanded its reach and is now making some of its self-driving minivans available for customers of ride-share operator Lyft. The rides are restricted to a small area outside Phoenix, where Waymo has been testing self-driving vehicles and has started its own autonomous ride-share service, Waymo One. Waymo's limited partnership with Lyft is the latest example of the company branching out to work with more companies as it develops autonomous vehicles and services. Earlier this month, Waymo struck a deal with Nissan and Renault to build self-driving vehicles for those automakers.


Pour one out for Firefly, Google's quirky little self-driving car

Mashable

Sad news, quirky car enthusiasts: Waymo is taking its fleet of tiny self-driving vehicles off the roads. The autonomous car company announced it will retire the Firefly, the round-topped two-seater that served as the most obvious visual marker of Google's self-driving car efforts long before the Waymo brand was on the scene. The prototype was introduced to the public back in 2014, when it offered awe-struck Californians a first-hand look at the future of autonomous transportation. The Firefly, with its one-of-a-kind steering wheel and pedal-free design, was instrumental in the development of Google's self-driving tech, logging millions of test miles rolling along at 25 mph. "By designing and building a truly self-driving vehicle from scratch, we were able to crack some of the earliest self-driving puzzles -- where to place the sensors, how to integrate the computer, what controls passengers need in a car that drives itself," the Waymo team wrote in the blog post commemorating the Firefly's retirement.


Waymo self-driving vehicle involved in Arizona crash

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google's Waymo shows off their self-driving car technology in an advertisement. A Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo's suite of sensors and radar is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2017. PHOENIX -- A self-driving vehicle operated by Waymo was involved in a crash Saturday night in Mesa, Arizona, officials said. The five-car collision happened about 10 p.m. Saturday. The self-driving van was not in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, said a spokesperson for the Mesa Fire and Medical Department.


Lyft, Waymo strike self-driving car deal as Uber rivalry intensifies

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Waymo is seeking a preliminary injunction against Uber. The company that began as Google's driverless car project has reached a deal to collaborate with ride-hailing app Lyft on tests of self-driving vehicles. It also gives Lyft a powerful new ally in the self-driving car race against its more well-funded adversary Uber. And it places Waymo a step closer to becoming a business with real-world customers. Although details of the alliance between Waymo and Lyft were not released, the deal is expected to involve a pilot program in which consumers will ride in vehicles equipped with Waymo's self-driving system.