Having achieved seven million miles of tests on public roads in the U.S., Waymo says it's now looking to introduce its autonomous-car technology in Europe, plans which could include a robot taxi service.
Waymo just keeps burning up the pavement. On Tuesday, the company's chief business development officer announced that the company's fleet of autonomous vehicles will reach 7 million test miles driven by the end of this week.
Waymo has ordered a huge number of self-driving cars for its planned robot taxi service. It currently has 600 autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans on the road, but now it's getting another 62,000. Yes, you read that right.
As part of its application for a permit to test fully driverless cars in California's, Waymo has issued a 41-page booklet explaining to law enforcement and first responders how to deal with its vehicles in an emergency situation.
Waymo got some stage time at Google I/O to discuss how Google's artificial intelligence efforts have helped speed up the development of self-driving cars. A.I. allows autonomous cars to react to the environment, according to Waymo.
The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV will be Waymo's latest self-driving car, augmenting an existing fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Waymo also plans to launch an autonomous ridesharing service this year.
Waymo is working to convince people of the safety of self-driving cars, with a new video showing the experiences of some of its riders. The company aims to launch a ridesharing business with its driverless vehicles this year.
On Friday, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, Waymo, announced that it would be launching a pilot program in Atlanta where the company's autonomous trucks will begin carrying freight intended for Google's data centers.