Rain Testing in the Sunshine State

Both human-driven and self-driving cars need to drive in many different weather conditions. Waymo is designing and testing our system to work safely and reliably in the toughest environments. Over the last few years our testing has taken us to snowy Novi, Michigan, rainy Kirkland, Washington, foggy San Francisco, and of course those dusty haboobs… Read More »

Why I Ride with Waymo: The Gillespie Family

Editor’s Note: In this “Why I Ride with Waymo” post, Waymo One riders Tres and Amani give us the low-down on what it’s like riding in our self-driving cars. Some of their favorite things include having more time to enjoy quality time together and being able to avoid the hassle of finding parking when they… Read More »

Why Some Give and Take Could Help Self-Driving Cars Negotiate

This month Anca Dragan, Waymo research scientist and UC Berkeley assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences (where she also heads up Berkeley’s InterACT lab) was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In this post, Anca tells us more about the work that led to the award, and what she… Read More »

Gatik’s self-driving vans have started shuttling groceries for Walmart

Gatik AI, the autonomous vehicle startup that’s aiming for the sweet middle spot in the world of logistics, is officially on the road through a partnership with Walmart . The company received approval from the Arkansas Highway Commissioner’s office to launch a commercial service with Walmart . Gatik’s autonomous vehicles (with a human safety driver… Read More »

Ethics in the age of autonomous vehicles

Earlier this month, TechCrunch held its inaugural Mobility Sessions event, where leading mobility-focused auto companies, startups, executives and thought leaders joined us to discuss all things autonomous vehicle technology, micromobility and electric vehicles. Extra Crunch is offering members access to full transcripts of key panels and conversations from the event, such as Megan Rose Dickey‘s… Read More »

Cruise delays the launch of its Robo-taxis well into 2020

Self-driving start-up, Cruise, recently announced that they have delayed the roll-out of its autonomous ride-hailing service until 2020. The GM and Honda backed company is scaling up for large scale deployment in San Francisco by the next year. Cruise CEO, Dan Ammann, said in a blog, “Everything we do at Cruise is based on our belief that… Read More »

What Is Simultaneous Localization and Mapping?

To get around, robots need a little help from maps, just like the rest of us. Just like humans, bots can’t always rely on GPS, especially when they operate indoors. And GPS isn’t sufficiently accurate enough outdoors because precision within a few inches is required to move about safely. Instead they rely on what’s known… Read More »

Velodyne acquires Mapper

Velodyne Lidar announced it has acquired mapping and localization software as well as intellectual property assets from Mapper.ai. Read the original article