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Waymo's autonomous vehicles have clocked 20 million miles on public roads


Although other companies that are working on autonomous driving might get more attention, Waymo is still hard at work on the technology. The Alphabet subsidiary just provided an update on its Waymo Driver AI as well as more details about its self-driving tests. An array of LiDAR, radar and cameras can track what's going on all around the vehicle in a variety of weather conditions, Waymo says. The system generates a 3D view of the vehicle's surroundings that humans would be able to understand. Along with other cars, the system can render pedestrians in addition to cyclists who narrowly pass by the vehicle.

Tesla's key safety contact leaves for Waymo


Tesla's executive team isn't done with turmoil following the loss of its Autopilot chief and its engineering lead's sabbatical. The electric car maker's "primary technical contact" with American safety regulators, Matthew Schwall, has left the company to join Waymo. The Alphabet-owned firm didn't specify his role, but a Wall Street Journal source said he would tackle a "variety" of self-driving safety issues. We've asked Tesla for comment. Despite the timing, Schwall's exit isn't believed to be tied to Autopilot issues.

Tesla Executive Schwall Leaves for Alphabet's Waymo: WSJ

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Schwall, the director of field performance engineering at Tesla, exited the company as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been investigating multiple crashes involving the electric vehicles, the newspaper reported

Waymo is coming for Tesla in a new deal with Jaguar


"Our ultimate goal is to provide a self-driving vehicle tailored to every trip and every purpose," said CEO John Krafcik on stage today at New York's Chelsea Piers. This year, Waymo will build out and begin testing self-driving I-Pace cars, but those vehicles won't become part of its fleet until 2020. This latest deal will no doubt sting Tesla, which has struggled with its autonomous technology. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, with his repeated showboating of his car's advanced assisted-driver capabilities, put pressure on automakers and other self-driving car outfits to build their technology quickly. But the company's competitors appear to be surpassing the unconventional electric car company.