Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo is testing autonomous truck technology, according to BuzzFeed. Waymo confirmed to BuzzFeed its move after the outlet learned of the move through a photograph. The company said it was manually driving the vehicle on a public road to collect data. "Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths each year," a Waymo spokesperson told BuzzFeed. "We're taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck."
A new bill in California's legislature that aims to smooth the path for fully driverless vehicles on the state's public roads is being proposed by an assembly member who has received thousands of dollars from Google. It is one of two bills currently under discussion that would relax the rules on testing self-driving cars in the US's largest state and the test bed for automated driving. The bill being promoted by Mike Gatto, who represents several communities in and near Los Angeles, would allow Google and others to test vehicles on public streets without a steering wheel, brake pedal or human safety driver. Gatto has received contributions from Google and Ford, which is also testing driverless car technology in California, according to state campaign finance records. Alphabet, Google's parent company, is considering spinning out its self-driving car project into a separate business.
Google's self-driving car may own the streets on the west coast, but Uber has staked its claim on the east. The ride-sharing pioneer announced it will begin testing autonomous vehicles around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the next coming weeks. The hybrid Ford Fusions, complete with Uber logos, will soon be seen mapping Steel City and testing its self-driving capabilities on public streets. Uber announced that in the next coming weeks it will be testing autonomous vehicles around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a car that'should be driven by a superhero'. Uber will be testing autonomous vehicles around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the next coming weeks.
Ford intends to have a fully driverless vehicle -- no steering wheel, no pedals -- on the road within five years. The cars will initially be used for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing services; sales to consumers will come later. Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the new goal Tuesday at the company's Silicon Valley campus in Palo Alto, California, sparking rumours it could sell the cars to Uber - which is already testing its self driving systems using the firm's vehicles in Pittsburgh. The car will initially be used for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing services; sales to consumers will come later, Ford CEO Mark Fields announced. However, he declined to say whether Ford plans to partner with Uber or Lyft in the ride sharing venture, saying'all options are open and on the table.' 'This is a transformational moment in our industry and it is a transformational moment for our company,' Fields said.
Ford is taking autonomous vehicle research to the next level by testing a pilot car equipped with sensors capable of driving safely in the dark. A few years ago, Google revealed plans to develop a self-driving car. Now being tested in California -- with few accidents -- automakers and technology firms across the globe are also exploring this area as a potential future revenue earner. Our own cars are now being equipped with rear-view cameras, cruise control and sensors which warn us when we are heading too close to obstacles, but autonomous vehicles are still a long way off. The purpose of self-driving cars, according to Google and other firms, is to reduce human error and therefore accidents, injuries, and fatalities.