Business, Technology, Autonomous

Fiat Teams With Silicon Valley’s Aurora on Self-Driving Tech

Fiat Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is partnering with Silicon Valley startup Aurora Innovation Inc. to develop and deploy a fleet of self-driving commercial vehicles in a bid to catch up with other automakers that have invested heavily in the technology.

June 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Brings Self-Driving Trucks to Phoenix-Area Freeways

Waymo Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Google’s self-driving vehicle division is bringing autonomous trucks to the Phoenix area. Waymo announced May 29 that its self-driving tractor-trailers will start driving on freeways this week and will expand to more routes over time.

May 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Inches Forward as Self-Driving Frontrunner With 1,000 Riders

Waymo driverless vehicle (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News)

The first major self-driving taxi service needed six months to reach 1,000 customers, another sign that growth may be slow as companies try to build businesses around autonomous vehicles.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Waymo to Revive Detroit Plant With Self-Driving Cars

Idled American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. facility in Detroit (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo has picked an idled American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. facility in Detroit as the site where it will equip vehicles made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive with self-driving technology.

April 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber’s Investment in Autonomous Tech Tops $1 Billion Since 2015

Uber A fleet of Uber's autonomous vehicles. (Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. has spent more than $1 billion on autonomous vehicle technology to compete with giants such as Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc. and General Motors Co.

April 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo Begins Marketing Self-Driving Sensors

Waymo Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Waymo on March 6 began selling the laser-mapping sensors used on its driverless vehicles to other companies — as long as the customers don’t compete with its core robotaxi business. The sensors, known as lidar, shoot lasers off objects to determine what is nearby.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
March 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Waymo Announces Plan for Autonomous-Vehicle Factory in Michigan

Waymo-equipped Chrysler Pacifica undergoes testing A Chrysler Pacifica, equipped with Waymo's self-driving system, undergoes testing in Arizona. Waymo says its new factory will create 400 jobs to create autonomous vehicles. (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News)

LANSING, Mich. — Google self-driving car spinoff Waymo said Jan. 22 that it will bring a factory to Michigan, creating up to 400 jobs at what it describes as the world’s first plant “100%” dedicated to the mass production of autonomous vehicles.

David Eggert and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Levandowski Launches New Venture Pronto to Offer Level 2 Automation to Class 8 Truckers

Levandowski, while he was still head of Uber's self-driving program Levandowski, when he was still head of Uber's self-driving program. His new venture, a software company called Pronto, is out with its first product, CoPilot. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Autonomous vehicle pioneer Anthony Levandowski has formed a new software company called Pronto. Its first aftermarket product, Copilot, provides camera-based self-driving technology for the Class 8 market.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo, Uber Driverless Projects Make Scanning Sensors Cheaper

Waymo Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Google’s Waymo, Uber and carmakers GM and Mercedes-Benz are among the companies working to put driverless vehicles in showrooms. That competition also should help lower prices that can reach $75,000 apiece for the sensors that scan a car’s surrounding environment so it knows how to drive itself.

Jie Ma | Bloomberg News
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo Program in Arizona Focuses on Commuters Using Public Transit

Waymo A Waymo customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Getty Images)

Self-driving vehicles typically are described as a disruptive technology that will make traditional modes of public transportation obsolete, but a recent announcement by Chandler-based Waymo is challenging that narrative.

Wayne Schutsky | East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)
August 6, 2018