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Waymo announces construction of trucking hub in Dallas and Ryder partnership

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Waymo Via, Waymo's autonomous truck unit, announced on Wednesday the construction of a hub for its fleet of autonomous trucks in Dallas, and a partnership with trucking company Ryder. The double announcement came as Waymo prepares to grow its delivery operations across Texas, California and Arizona. After raising $2.5 billion from outside investors in June, the Alphabet-owned company said today that its new primary operations center will be in a nine-acre site in South Dallas, and the company will move into it in the first half of 2022. Th self-driving truck company has started testing on the fifth generation of its Driver on the Class 8 trucks fleet as it continues freight hauling for JB Hunt. The hub will accommodate hundreds of trucks and personnel.


Uber shuts down its controversy-steeped self-driving truck effort to focus on autonomous cars

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The big apple's traffic is getting much much worse thanks to carpooling services like Uber and Lyft. Uber has been using its self-driving trucks to transport goods in Arizona. SAN FRANCISCO -- What a long, strange trip it's been for Uber's self-driving truck division. The ride-hailing company announced Monday that it was, for now, parking its effort to develop commercially viable self-driving trucks in order to focus on bringing autonomous cars to its service. "We recently took the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh," Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY.


Uber kills off self-driving truck division to focus on autonomous cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Uber's self-driving trucks unit is closing up shop not long after it seemed the division was just getting underway. Instead, Uber will be refocusing its efforts on developing self-driving cars, according to TechCrunch. The move comes as Uber recently resumed testing its fleet of autonomous vehicles following a fatal crash in Arizona earlier this year. Uber's self-driving trucks unit is closing up shop not long after it seemed the division was just getting underway. Uber Freight, a version of its app that helps truckers book cargo hauls, won't be affected as a result of the announcement.


Your self-driving taxi is on its way! Waymo rolls out driverless ride-hailing service in Phoenix

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It has been more than a decade in the making, but Waymo's self-driving taxis are officially picking up passengers without a human operator at the wheel. A group of early rider program members in Phoenix, Arizona received a message on this week offering them a free ride with the fully driverless service. Once the passenger is seated and the ride is underway, the car dials Waymo support to address any questions or concerns about the driverless ride – as many riders have never been carted around by a robot. It has been more than a decade in the making, but Waymo's self-driving taxis are officially picking up passengers without a human operator at the wheel. This car is all yours, with no one up front,' the pop-up notification from the Waymo app reads.


Waymo Tests Autonomous Trucks in Texas

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Waymo launched testing of autonomous trucks in Texas and announced plans to make Dallas the center of its heavy-duty vehicle technology efforts. Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous vehicle unit said in an Aug. 26 news release that it has begun testing Peterbilt trucks equipped with self-driving technology along Interstate 10, I-20 and I-45 in Texas. The company already has a passenger vehicle operations center in Phoenix that will be linked into its commercial vehicle testing network. It is focusing on trucking lanes that include Phoenix to Dallas, Dallas to Houston and Dallas to El Paso, Waymo told Transport Topics in a statement. Our #WaymoVia Class 8 trucks are arriving in Dallas this week. More than 1.2 billion tons of freight are moved on Texas highways, so we're excited to bring the #WaymoDriver there to continue our testing efforts across the Lone Star State.