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    Waymo has chosen the Motor City to produce its future self-driving cars. Google's self-driving car subsidiary announced in a blog post on Tuesday it has selected Detroit as the home for future vehicle production. In the announcement, Waymo said it was fully aware Detroit remains the "heart of the American auto industry," and it plans to bring jobs back to the area. Waymo didn't say how many jobs the new facility will provide, but reiterated it will bring a workforce back to the city, which has recently seen further cuts. The comment is likely a subtle jab at General Motors, which announced...

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    Rain reportedly confuses Waymo self-driving cars

    It appears precipitation is enough to require the human back-up driver to take control in a Waymo self-driving car. According to a report from The Verge, rain was one of a few factors that prevented Waymo's self-driving car from carrying out its autonomous duties. The insight came from one of just...

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    Ex-Waymo engineer drove from San Francisco to New York City in a self-driving car

    Anthony Levandowski claims he has completed a major milestone for self-driving car technology: a coast-to-coast trip using his latest technology. If Levandowski sounds familiar, it's because he was the center of attention in the Waymo-Uber legal battle. Waymo accused the former employee of stealing...

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    Waymo self-driving service won't launch in 2018 as promised

    Waymo won't launch a public self-driving car service this year, the company admitted Wednesday. Instead, the self-driving provider will offer a small-scale service in Phoenix, Arizona to existing volunteers that have already been screened. The limited service, called Waymo One, is a step toward...

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    Waymo's self-driving taxi service reportedly starts early December

    In a matter of weeks, Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car business, will launch the world's first commercial service involving fully self-driving cars. Citing a person familiar with the plans, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the service is scheduled to start in Phoenix, Arizona in early...

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    Could Volkswagen be Waymo's partner in Europe?

    The Volkswagen Group and Waymo are reportedly in talks over partnership in the area of mobility services in Europe. Germany's Manager Magazin reported Thursday that the two firms are interested in working together and that VW Group CEO Herbert Diess had even suggested purchasing a 10-percent stake...

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    With the advent of self-driving cars, emergency services will need to rethink how to approach wrecks and other crashes. To help them out, Waymo has published a guide for first responders in case of an emergency involving one of its self-driving cars. Crashes involving self-driving cars have been few and far between, but the guide lists all the necessary steps for first responders in case they come across one of Waymo's self-driving cars must deactivate it. The self-driving technology also has some pretty intelligent information baked in to respond to law enforcement and emergency services...

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    Waymo's latest trial shows how companies can use self-driving cars to improve services

    Self-driving cars are most commonly linked with the taxi industry but this is just one area where they could potentially operate. Waymo is now expanding its trial of self-driving cars that's underway in Phoenix, Arizona to show how other companies can benefit from using self-driving cars. Waymo...

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    Waymo's self-driving cars are driving 25,000 miles a day

    Each and every day, Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo self-driving car subsidiary sees its fleet of autonomous vehicles drive a combined distance of 25,000 miles—and the mileage is even higher when counting simulated miles. The company shared its latest achievement on Friday, when it also revealed that...

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    Waymo needs “large number” of cars for European self-driving fleet

    Waymo CEO John Krafcik has revealed that the mobility company will need to add a “large number” of additional cars to its growing fleet of self-driving cars as it prepares to enter Europe. In an interview with Handelsblatt published Thursday, Krafcik explained that all announcements so...

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    Waymo's first self-driving car passengers providing feedback to shape future services

    Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo self-driving car division plans to roll out a driverless taxi service, an industry first, by year's end. Ahead of the launch, its early riders program is providing crucial feedback. "The primary focus of our early rider program is really to have them give us feedback about...

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    Apple poaches ex-Waymo senior engineer for self-driving car technology

    Apple's Project Titan self-driving car program has stumbled over the past few years, but it may have just received a major boost. The Information reported on Friday that Apple has hired on ex-Waymo senior engineer Jaime Waydo. Waydo, according to the report, was instrumental at Google's Waymo...

  • Waymo self-driving car prototype

    Waymo is widely seen as a frontrunner in the blooming industry for self-driving cars, though so far the Alphabet-owned company is only based in the United States. Waymo is looking at foreign markets, and at the top of the list is Europe. Europe is a different game entirely, though, and Waymo realizes this as it eyes an expansion to the old continent. Waymo CEO John Krafcik told audiences at a recent meeting in Europe that Waymo plans to enter continent, Automotive News (subscription required) reported Thursday. The CEO noted the company could "take a very different approach" in Europe as it...

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    FCA in talks to use Waymo self-driving tech in showroom-bound models

    Waymo is making huge strides in the race to develop a safe and robust self-driving service. The Alphabet-owned company formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project on Thursday announced that starting in 2018 it will order up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to join its...

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    Waymo's self-driving taxis will cover 100 square miles of Phoenix

    Waymo is on track to become the first with a commercial self-driving taxi service. The service is due to start this year in Phoenix, Arizona and will cover an area of 100 square miles. Importantly, the cars within this geofenced area will be able to operate autonomously 100 percent of the time. The...

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    Waymo announces new fleet of self-driving Jaguar I-Pace crossovers

    The next wave of self-driving Waymo cars will be electric Jaguar I-Pace crossovers, the automotive supplier said Tuesday. Up to 20,000 electric crossovers will be fitted with the self-driving hardware by 2020, a significant commitment for the relatively small automaker. Later this year, Waymo said...

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    Go for a ride in Waymo's self-driving car in this 360-degree video

    Waymo is very close to starting a commercial service for its self-driving taxis, which are currently testing in 25 cities across the United States. The first service will be offered in Phoenix, Arizona, using a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans running Waymo's own self-driving technology...

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    Waymo given green light to commercialize self-driving taxis

    Waymo has become the first company, at least in the United States, to receive regulatory approval for the commercialization of a self-driving taxi service where no human driver is required. The approval was given to Waymo in late January by the Arizona Department of Transportation, Ryan Harding, a...

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    It's an abrupt end to what many felt would become a long legal battle in court. Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car division, and ride-sharing company Uber have settled a lawsuit out of court, both companies announced last Friday. In the settlement, Uber agreed to pay Waymo $245 million. The trial had only begun last Monday and it could have ultimately decided which company would pull ahead in the race for self-driving cars. Although Uber is paying Waymo, Uber admitted no wrongdoing in the end. Waymo filed the lawsuit against Uber nearly one year ago after the company alleged Uber had stolen...

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    Waymo-Uber court battle gets underway over self-driving car technologies

    A high-profile legal battle begins to play out in San Francisco on Monday as Alphabet's self-driving car division, Waymo, meets Uber in court. The court will ultimately decide which company will forge ahead as a leader in self-driving cars and autonomous technology. Waymo's lawsuit alleges that...

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    Waymo orders thousands of self-driving cars ahead of deployment in multiple US cities

    Waymo is making huge strides in the race to develop a safe and robust self-driving taxi service. The Alphabet-owned company formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project on Tuesday announced it was ordering “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids pre-fitted with all the various...

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    Waymo's self-driving car fleet clips 4-million mile mark, set to kick off self-driving taxi service

    Four million miles down, unlimited potential to go. Waymo's fleet of self-driving cars has officially reached the four-million-mile mark in about eight years of total operation. And in the coming months, the company will launch a self-driving taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona, for the public to use...

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    Waymo found drivers asleep, so it dumped partial self-driving feature

    Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, has made a conscious decision to skip partial self-driving technology. Why? The company found its test drivers napping behind the wheel, which meant they'd be unable to resume control of the car if needed. Clearly, this speaks volumes as to how...

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    Uber loses $708M in first quarter, fires engineer at center of self-driving car dispute

    Uber on Wednesday announced its first-quarter financial results and though shocking they actually represent an improvement on the preceding quarter. The ride-sharing giant lost $708 million in the first three months of 2017 on revenues of $3.4 billion. That compares with a loss of $991 million and...

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