Waymo Driverless Car announced a landmark amid preparation towards the launch of its first commercial service before the end of the year. Waymo currently leads the pack in the number of road miles driven, having clocked over 9 million miles. These puts it ahead of autonomous vehicle programs by competitors like Tesla, Uber and GM’s Cruise.
Imagine a situation whereby you can go anywhere you want in a car without the need for anyone in the driver seat. Well, you should not imagine any more. Waymo Driverless Car is one of those brands working hard and already making this a reality.
As at 2017, there were over 20 companies testing self-driving cars around the world.
It was just in 2016 that Waymo self-driving cars crossed 2 million miles of self-driving experience on public roads.
About Waymo Driverless Car
Waymo is a self-driving technology development company and its Driverless Car is anchored on the pillar of safety and convenience as reiterated in the words of Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik in a blog post on Wednesday, “Our cars are programmed to be cautious and courteous.” Hopefully, that isn’t just PR.
The CEO did admit to some technical challenges the company is still trying to solve.
Following years of diverse test location on closed courses, public roads and simulation, Waymo Driverless Car have racked up 5 billion miles in simulation and over 9 million miles on public roads across 25 cities in United State of America. This was after Waymo launched a rider program in April 2017 – a public trial of Waymo’s self-driving vehicles for people to share their experiences of the car.
Waymo is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. The company claims that the in-house built sensors and software technology of the car are able to detect objects, pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and more from up to 300 metres in a 360 degree view. These sensors and hardware also enhance vision system, and include improved radar and laser-based lidar.
For its commercial services, Waymo have identified other business uses for its tech. These include ridesharing, trucking and logistics, and passenger cars. Another service allows people use the vehicles to run errands and other everyday activities.
The company plans to launch its first commercial service before the end of this year.