Alphabet Debuts New Autonomous Car Company

Alphabet’s self-driving car project is now known as Waymo.

Waymo, which stands for “a new way forward in mobility,” officially became its own company this week, a spin off from Lab X under the Alphabet umbrella.

“We’re a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around,” CEO John Krafcik said in a blog post.

“We believe this technology can begin to reshape some of the 10 trillion miles that motor vehicles travel around the world every year, with safer, more efficient and more accessible forms of transport. We can see our technology being useful in personal vehicles, ride-sharing, logistics, or solving last mile problems for public transport. In the long-term, self-driving technology could be useful in ways the world has yet to imagine, creating many new types of products, jobs and services.”

The spin off of the Alphabet self-driving car unit into Waymo means the company will be expected to bring in revenue. And the Waymo website says it plans to “bring fully self-driving cars to the world soon.” Alphabet had originally said it hoped to have self-driving cars in the hands of consumers by 2020 but, perhaps that timeline has been moved up.

According to the Waymo website, the next step is to “let people trial fully self-driving cars to do everyday things like run errands or commute to work.”

Since the unit was formed as part of Google in 2009, the test vehicles have accumulated the equivalent of more than 300 years of human driving experience on city streets. That does not include the one billion simulated miles driven in 2016.


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