Alphabet's Waymo Envisions Production Alliance To Cut Automated Car Tech Cost


Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks at a press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 8, 2017. Waymo, the company born from Alphabet's Google Self-Driving Car research project, is designing and building all the sensors, radar and computers used in its automated test vehicles, along with the artificial intelligence programs that control everything. Yet to make its technology affordable for commercial use, it anticipates a manufacturing alliance as it looks ahead to mass-scale production of components, according to Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik. Waymo this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit revealed that the latest generation of its hardware and software is being used on Chrysler Pacifica minivans that begin road tests this month. A total of 100 of the vans are getting radar, sensors, cameras and laser Lidar units for 360-degree, high-definition images of a vehicle's surrounding, all made by Waymo.

Google's Waymo self-driving minivan will start test drives this month

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Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, will start testing its new fleet of minivans on public roads in California and Arizona later this month. The minivans, built in collaboration with Fiat Chrysler, are Chrysler Pacifica hybrids outfitted with Waymo's own suite of sensors and radar. Waymo and FCA announced their partnership in May. In a speech at the Detroit auto show Sunday, CEO John Krafcik revealed that Waymo built the sensors, radar and software for the new minivans itself. John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company created by Google's parent company, Alphabet introduces a Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo's own suite of sensors and radar at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday Waymo's long-range lidar can see a football helmet two football fields away and uses a single integrated system Krafcik said the company felt the system would work better if it was developed specifically for self-driving instead of using off-the-shelf parts.

Google's Waymo CEO unveils self-driving Pacificas


Hundreds of guests paid $500 each to mingle with some of the world's most exclusive luxury cars during the annual Gallery event in Detroit that kicks off the city's auto show (Jan. Google-run Waymo unveiled its new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans at the North American Auto Show Sunday. SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's fleet of 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids is finally ready to hit the road. The white minivans, unmistakable with their bulbous rooflines and protruding fenders, will later this month start adding to the 2.5-million miles of road testing that Google has racked up, beginning first in California and Arizona. The high-tech cars are the result of a partnership between Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that was formed last spring.

Tesla's autonomous-car efforts use big data no other carmaker has


In the automotive industry, Tesla is a leader in many respects--but it's hardly head-and-shoulders above the rest when it comes to self-driving cars. The Silicon Valley automaker is developing fully autonomous cars, but it's part of a crowded field that includes many other automakers and a handful of rich tech companies as well. Still, Tesla's technical approach may give it an advantage over its numerous competitors. DON'T MISS: Let's be clear: Tesla's Autopilot is not a'self-driving car' The company has now collected a huge trove of operating data from customer cars running Tesla's Autopilot driver-assist system. Autopilot does not provide fully autonomous driving at present, but since Tesla began installing the system in its electric cars in late 2015, the system has delivered data on 1.3 billion miles of driving, according to Bloomberg.

Honda and Google's Waymo discuss self-driving car tech plan


Honda R&D and Waymo are in discussion over self-driving car tech. Honda is in discussion with Google's autonomous vehicle division Waymo about integrating self-driving technology into Honda vehicles. Honda said the technical collaboration between researchers at its Honda R&D subsidiary and Waymo's self-driving technology team would allow both companies to learn about the integration of Waymo's fully self-driving sensors, software and computing platform into Honda vehicles. As part of the deal under discussion, Honda could provide Waymo with vehicles modified to accommodate Waymo's self-driving technology. These vehicles would join Waymo's existing fleet, which are currently being tested across four US cities.

Honda hopes to collaborate with Waymo on self-driving cars


Honda Motor's research and development subsidiary is in talks to integrate Waymo's self-driving technology with its vehicles, suggesting that working with car makers as a technology partner is key on the agenda of Alphabet's autonomous car unit. A collaboration between the two companies will focus on the integration of Waymo's fully self-driving sensors, software and computing platform into Honda vehicles, the car maker said Wednesday. The Waymo tie-up will "allow Honda R&D to explore a different technological approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market," alongside its own ongoing efforts. "I think these kind of deals between tech and auto giants like Waymo and Honda make sense given the sheer investment required to effectively deliver a fully autonomous car," said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "I would expect Apple to participate in a similar manner where they're not delivering the entire car, but the electronics."

Honda is in talks to use Alphabet's self-driving car tech


Mere days after Google spun out its self-driving car division as Waymo, the newly spawned Alphabet company is already in the midst of cutting big deals. Honda has revealed that it's entering talks with Waymo on integrating autonomous hardware with its vehicles. It's still extremely early, but Honda has proposed giving Waymo modified cars to help speed things along. This wouldn't sidetrack Honda's goal of getting its self-driving tech on highways by 2020, the company makes clear -- it would just allow for a "different technological approach." There's no guarantee that the talks will amount to a deal, so don't expect to be riding in a Waymo-powered Civic in a few years.

Google and Honda Are Teaming Up on Self-Driving Cars


Honda and Waymo, Google's newly independent self-driving car effort, are working together to figure out how to put the tech giant's sensors and software into the automaker's vehicles. The idea is to match the companies' areas of expertise. Google can make a highly capable autonomous driving system but knows zilch about making actual cars; Honda builds millions of cars a year but has made limited progress on the autonomous front. The companies announced the formal talks, which could lead to a formal agreement, this afternoon. Waymo already has a non-exclusive deal with Fiat Chrysler, and will soon launch a test fleet of 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans that drive themselves, thanks to its tech.

Honda Is The Latest Carmaker To Work With Alphabet's Waymo On Self-Driving Cars


Honda Motor Co. is the latest carmaker that plans to outfit its vehicles with self-driving technology from Waymo, the company born out Alphabet's Google Car research project. Honda has already announced plans to put vehicles with automated driving capabilities on the road sometime around 2020, but said today it will also explore putting Waymo's technology in its vehicles as a different approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market. The discussions are in the early stages. As a first step, Honda R&D Co., the research and development subsidiary of the Japanese company, said it could provide Waymo with vehicles modified to accommodate Waymo's self-driving technology. These vehicles would join Waymo's existing fleet, including 100 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans announced earlier this week, which are currently being tested across four U.S. cities.

Minivan of the future

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The most futuristic car you'll see this week is a minivan. Waymo, Google parent Alphabet's recently announced self-driving automobile technology company, has unveiled its new autonomous Chrysler Pacifica. Fiat-Chrysler worked with Waymo to integrate its bulky suite of Radar, Lidar and camera equipment into the Pacifica Hybrid, along with all of the gear needed for it to drive itself. One hundred of the augmented people carriers have been built and will be hitting the road next year. Waymo says that it has already put prototypes of the vehicles through their paces on closed test tracks and exposed them to over 200 hours of extreme weather conditions.