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Waymo blames human error for motorcycle accident involving self-driving car

Waymo is pointing the robotic finger at humans. On Oct. 19 in Mountain View, a Waymo self-driving test car hit a motorcylclist, who ended up in the hospital. Now, Waymo has published a blog post with more information about the accident. And it turns out it all came down to that intractable problem: human error. ...CONTINUE READING
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Waymo gets the OK to test fully driverless cars in California

California has handed Waymo the first permit to test fully driverless cars in the state.  While Waymo, part of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has been allowed to test autonomous vehicles with a driver since 2014, the new permit allows the company to test cars without drivers. SEE ALSO: Volkswagen and Intel team up for Israel’s...CONTINUE READING
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Waymo hits 10 million self-driving miles

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, keeps racking up the miles. On Wednesday, the company announced it had hit 10 million robot car-driven miles on public roads across 25 cities in states like California, Arizona, and Michigan. In August, Waymo announced it had reached the 8 million mile mark. Just months before in June, it was...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s the electric Jaguar that Waymo wants to turn into a self-driving car

Waymo’s self-driving car service is supposed to kick off by the end of this year, but before the robot cars start taking riders around, you can experience or even own some of the cars Waymo’s using in its growing autonomous fleet. Back in March, Waymo announced that 20,000 of Jaguar’s all-electric I-Pace crossovers would be...CONTINUE READING
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Yeaaah, Waymo’s self-driving taxis don’t seem like they’ll be ready for their 2018 launch date

It appears that Waymo’s “fully self-driving” taxi service was a bit too aggressive with its 2018 launch date. A report from The Information Tuesday paints a bleak picture out of Phoenix, Arizona, where Waymo is headquartered and seems to be experiencing glitches with its autonomous vehicles. Merging into highway traffic, navigating around groups of people,...CONTINUE READING
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Don’t believe the naysayers: Self-driving cars are already here in many ways

Yes, it’s true: The promise of self-driving cars zooming around while their human operators doze off, read, or watch movies is not quite here yet.  But who said that had to happen right now or we’ve missed our chance at driverless vehicles forever? On Monday, The Outline published an article titled “The self-driving car that...CONTINUE READING
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Waymo hits 7 million self-driving miles, eyes Europe expansion

Waymo is still chugging along with plans to offer a truly driverless car service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area by the end of this year — but it’s also moving its self-driving sights to Europe.  At the Automotive News Europe Congress in Turin, Italy, earlier this week, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said, “There is an...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s the aspect of self-driving car testing that’s not dominated by Apple or Google

Last week, Apple’s secretive, self-driving car project got some attention for adding more cars approved for testing in California. But despite the company’s big name and the heightened curiosity over the iPhone-maker’s foray into autonomous vehicles, the winner here is not the company you’d expect. SEE ALSO: Intel just hit the nitro in the self-driving...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s what Waymo’s electric, self-driving Jaguar looks like

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace made its first North American appearance at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. Among those on display was a future member of Waymo’s autonomous fleet.  The company, formerly the Google self-driving car project, has partnered with Jaguar to develop the world’s first electric, autonomous luxury vehicle. Waymo will add 20,000...CONTINUE READING
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