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
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

VW Considers Sharing Autonomous-Car Tech to Defray Development Costs

Workers at a Volkswagen plant Workers on the production line at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mark Elias/Bloomberg News)

Volkswagen AG is open to sharing future autonomous-vehicle systems with other manufacturers as it races to catch up with the likes of Waymo LLC in cost-intensive technologies that could transform the way people and goods move, according to an executive at the German automaker.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Waymo CEO Sees Driverless Trucking Catching on Faster Than Taxis

Waymo Eric Risberg/Associated Press

True driverless cars have arrived from Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc., but the company’s chief executive officer says robot ride hailing may not be the first form of automotive autonomy to take off commercially.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
October 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo to Test Autonomous Vehicles in Rainy Florida

Waymo Autonomous Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

Google autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo says it will start testing on public roads in Florida to better experience heavy rain.

August 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

California Greenlights Waymo Taxi Test Program

Waymo vehicle Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

California has granted Waymo permission to carry passengers in the autonomous vehicles it is testing on the state’s roads, paving the way for the self-driving car company to roll out a taxi service in San Jose.

Levi Sumagaysay | The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
July 5, 2019
Business, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo to Study Driverless Services With Renault-Nissan Alliance

Waymo Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Waymo agreed to explore driverless services with Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., pairing a leader in self-driving technology with the world’s largest automotive alliance.

Ania Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
June 20, 2019