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.
Waymo is not thinking small as it prepares to make on-demand robot rides available to the general public, with plans to add as many as 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its fast-growing fleet of self-driving vehicles. It's also in talks to make that technology available to individual vehicle buyers. The Alphabet Inc. unit created to commercialize Google Self-Driving Car R&D said it's fleshing out a January 2018 announcement about adding "thousands" of the Chrysler vehicles, which at the time didn't specify a number. The deal could be worth about $2.5 billion for automaker FCA if Waymo buys the maximum number of vans, which have a $39,995 base price. It follows a March deal with Jaguar to buy up to 20,000 electric i-Pace crossovers over the next few years.