Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Begins Fully Driverless Rides for All Arizona Customers

Waymo signage is displayed on the door of a Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle in Arizona. Waymo signage is displayed on the door of a Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle in Chandler, Ariz. (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News)

Waymo said Oct. 8 that it is opening its fully driverless ride-hailing service in suburban Phoenix to the public.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
October 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Tests Autonomous Trucks in Texas

Waymo Via Waymo has begun testing Peterbilt trucks equipped with self-driving technology in Texas. (Waymo)

Waymo launched testing of autonomous trucks in Texas and announced plans to make Dallas the center of its heavy-duty vehicle technology efforts.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
August 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Anthony Levandowski Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski leaves courtroom In a file photo, Anthony Levandowski (left) and attorney Miles Ehrlich exit federal court in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 27, 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Autonomous driving engineer Anthony Levandowski was ordered to spend 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from Google as he defected to Uber Technologies Inc., in one of the highest-profile criminal cases to hit Silicon Valley.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
August 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

FCA, Waymo Extend Autonomous Partnership

Waymo vehicle Four years ago, FCA began providing its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to test self-driving technology. (Waymo)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google affiliate Waymo said July 22 they are extending their partnership in the development and testing of autonomous vehicles for commercial delivery and for future FCA products.

Breana Noble | The Detroit News
July 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Targets Southwest Freight Corridor for Autonomous Truck Tests

Waymo A Waymo autonomous Chrysler Pacifica and Peterbilt truck. (Waymo)

As it moves forward with autonomous truck development, Waymo plans to focus its 2020 testing efforts on the southwest shipping corridor that includes Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
June 30, 2020
Business, Autonomous

Waymo Pauses Most Operations in Response to COVID-19

A Waymo vehicle in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2019. A Waymo vehicle in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Waymo is pausing most operations in Arizona and California in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced March 17.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Waymo Raises $2.25 Billion for Driverless Cars

Waymo Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News

Waymo raised $2.25 billion from a slate of private equity investors, venture capitalists and automotive companies, the first time Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous vehicle unit has taken outside funds.

Mark Bergen and Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

UPS-Waymo Partnership to Start in Near Future

UPS-Waymo partnership beginning soon The partnership will feature Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas shuttling packages from The UPS Store locations in Phoenix to a local UPS sorting facility for processing. (UPS Inc.)

UPS and Waymo announced Jan. 29 a pilot program for autonomous vehicle package pickup in Phoenix.

January 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Sees Human Drivers in Autonomous Cars for Foreseeable Future

Waymo A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle. (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News via Getty Images)

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo took a big step forward last fall when it began ferrying riders around the Phoenix area in robotaxis without human safety drivers. Humans have been behind the wheel for almost all of the 20 million miles of testing the company says it has completed on public roads.

January 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Offers Autonomous Car Guide for First Responders

Waymo vehicle and first responders Waymo via YouTube

PHOENIX — Google spinoff Waymo is trying to educate emergency responders on how to deal with its autonomous vehicles.

November 22, 2019