Alphabet Self Driving Car WAYMO | Take a look

Alphabet Self Driving Car WAYMO | Take a look

WAYMO is an autonomous Car development company and subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. Alphabet describes WAYMO as “a SelfDriving tech company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around”.

Google began testing SelfDriving Cars in 2009. In May 2018, WAYMO announced that it plans to allow everyone in Phoenix, Arizona to request a driverless ride before the end of year.

In 2018, the company placed separate orders for up to 62,000 hybrid-drive Pacifica minivans and 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace electric sedans. The vehicles are intended to help WAYMO launch ride-hailing services in various cities, enough to accommodate hundreds of thousands of riders each day.
Google’s SelfDriving Car project was formerly led by Sebastian Thrun, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. Thrun’s team at Stanford created the robotic vehicle Stanley, which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and its US$2 million prize from the United States Department of Defense.[2] The team developing the system consisted of 15 engineers working for Google, including Chris Urmson, Mike Montemerlo, and Anthony Levandowski who had worked on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges.[3]

A WAYMO SelfDriving Car
Nevada passed a law in June 2011 concerning the operation of autonomous Cars in Nevada,[4] which went into effect on March 1, 2012.[5] A Toyota Prius modified with Google’s experimental driverless technology was licensed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in May 2012. This was the first license issue in the United States for a Self-driven Car.[5]

In late May 2014, Google revealed a new prototype of its driverless Car, which had no steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal, being 100% autonomous.[6][7] and unveiled a fully functioning prototype in December of that year that they planned to test on San Francisco Bay Area roads beginning in 2015.[8]

In 2015, Nathaniel Fairfield, WAYMO‘s Principal Engineer, provided “the world’s first fully driverless ride on public roads” to an old friend of his, who is legally blind.[9] Steve Mahan, former CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, was the recipient of the first SelfDriving ride on public roads, in Austin, Texas.[10][11] In 2015, the project completed its first driverless ride on public roads, giving a ride to a sole blind man in Austin, Texas.[10][11] It was the first driverless ride that was on a public road and was not accompanied by a test driver or police escort. The Car had no steering wheel or floor pedals.

Alphabet Self Driving Car WAYMO | Take a look

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