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Waymo, self - driving unit of Alphabet, announced it will be opening up its Fully driverless vehicles to all customers of its Ride - hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, companies only allowed to select a few people. Now, over a thousand people will get to ride in Waymo vehicles without a human safety driver in the front seat. Waymo has been testing its vehicles in the Phoenix area since early 2017. Its self - driving cars operate in an approximately 100 - square - mile service area that includes towns CHANDLER, Gilbert, Mesa, and Tempe, though its fully driverless cars are restricted to area that is half that size. In late 2018, company launched a limited public ride - hailing service called Waymo One, but the only customers to get access were people who had first been vetted through Waymos early Rider program of beta testers. Waymo says it has around 1 500 monthly active users from both programs, same number it reported in December 2019. Previously, only members of Waymos early Rider program were allowed to ride in companys driverless vehicles. Those people sign nondisclosure agreements with companies in order to gain access to early versions of Waymos technology. This bars them from speaking publicly when, say, one of their trips goes off course. Waymo wo say how many people or how many trips its Fully driverless vehicles have made so far. To start out, company plans to offer fully driverless trips to Waymo One customers only though those people can bring friends and family along for the ride, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in a blog post. Over the next several weeks, more people will be invited to sign up for Waymo One. Companies also plan to add in - vehicle barriers between the front row of seats and the rear passenger cabin. Then it will be re - introducing rides with trained vehicle operator,s which will add capacity and allow the US to serve larger geographical area, he say. Vehicles will also be cleaned more frequently due to the COVID - 19 pandemic. Companies ' health and safety guidelines are outlined here. In the near term, 100% of our rides will be fully driverless, Krafcik say, but he did provide an exact timeline. We expect our new Fully driverless service to be very popular, and were thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to meet demand. These driverless vehicles are totally alone in the wilderness. Waymo has a team of remote employees who WATCH real - time feeds of each vehicle eight cameras and can help, with the push of a button, if software runs into a difficult spot and needs the human eye to figure out what is going on. But Waymo insists these remote operators will be joy - sticking cars, which are outfitted with a bevy of cameras and sensors that help them see their surroundings. The car will be making most of driving decisions itself thanks to its large computer system and artificial intelligence software.

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Expansion plans

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have ink deal to develop and test autonomous cargo vans and other light commercial vehicles designed to shuttle goods. The agreement is an expansion of a partnership that kicked off four years ago with a focus on self - driving Pacifica Hybrid minivans meant to transport people. The deal is the latest example of Waymos efforts to build out the delivery arm of its autonomous vehicle technology business. The two companies say their initial plan is to integrate Waymos self - driving stack suite of software and hardware that allows vehicles to operate without humans behind the wheel into FCAs Ram ProMaster vans. These self - driving cargo vans will be used by Waymo Via, companys trucking and local delivery service. However, it appears that terms of the deal could extend far beyond Waymo Via. It is possible that FCA could supply other transport companies with self - driving vans through licensing deal. Companies say partnerships actually cover FCAs ' entire portfolio of vehicles. The agreement between FCA and Waymo also extends to future affiliates, according to those familiar with the partnership. This point matters because FCA and French automaker Groupe PSA are in the process of merging into a newly formed corporation called Stellantis. If a 50 - 50 merger closes as expected in first quarter of next year, agreement would theoretically include all brands that fall under Stellantis. As broad as the Waymo - FCA agreement might be, automaker has sought out other partners in the autonomous vehicle industry in varying capacities. The French approach to the rapid advancement of autonomous vehicle technology is to focus on vehicle - side needs while establishing smart and strategic collaborations that promote a culture of innovation, safety and know - how, automaker previously told TechCrunch. Last year, FCA and autonomous vehicle technology startup Aurora announced a partnership that also focused on light - commercial vehicles. Fca said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Aurora, agreement that has since run its course, spokesperson say. Two companies are still working on custom - building Pacifica Hybrids, which Aurora is using in its testing, but they are not co - developing autonomous commercial vans. Over the last eighteen months, Aurora and FCA have collaborated closely in specification, design, and development of the custom - built Pacificas into which weve integrated Aurora Driver, Aurora said in an emailed statement. Aurora looks forward to deploying our self - driving solution on FCAs passenger and commercial vehicles. Fca is also supplying self - driving vehicle startup Voyage with purpose - built Pacifica Hybrids that have been developed for integration of automated technology. These vehicles come with customizations such as redundant braking and steering that are necessary to safely deploy driverless vehicles. Waymo is best known for developing, testing and now launching on - demand ride - hailing business using self - driving passenger vehicles, namely Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. A spokesperson reiterated that ride - hailing is still its most important business.

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Rain, snow, humans...

Prototype Waymo self - driving cars have been picking up passengers in Arizona since December. But cars may still have some technological hurdles to overcome, according to Waymo passenger interview by Verge, such as driving in rain. Shawn Metz is a 30 - year - old human resources manager living in Chandler, Arizona. He's one of the people selected by Waymo to use Google spinoff's ride - hailing service, called Waymo One. The service allows users to hail Waymo vehicles with an app, similar to Uber or Lyft. Metz has been more vocal about his experiences than other users, however. Among many topics discussed in the lengthy interview, Metz said he hailed Waymo car during the recent rainstorm. When he got in, he said the car was being driven manually. It's example of many challenges autonomous - driving technology still face, even as companies make ambitious claims about commercialization. One of the advantages of operating in Arizona is that weather isn't much of an issue most of the time. Waymo says it does operate cars in light rain, and that it is working on improving cars ' foul - weather capability by testing in other locations. We 've tested in over 25 cities across the US, which allows the US to learn in different kinds of environments and weather conditions, Waymo statement say. So far, we 've taught our cars to drive in moderate weather and are gaining more experience in Kirkland, Washington. To test in snow, we have cars driving in Novi, Michigan, during winter months. And in San Francisco, we are re building up experience of driving in fog. Investing in weather testing is crucial to being able to bring our technology to more people in more places. Metz notes second incident in which a Waymo car was flummoxed by crowded Costco parking lot. After failing to find a path through pedestrians walking in and out of the store, car time out, necessitating a call to Waymo's remote support center for help, Metz told Verge. Overall, Metz was fairly positive about Waymo's self - driving cars. He said he didn't blame Waymo for being cautious and having a human driver take over during rainstorm. He also had no sympathy for area drivers who have expressed frustration at Waymo cars ' conservative driving style, and strict adherence to speed limits. Metz said he has not experienced any belligerence against Waymo vehicles described in recent reports, which include a person pointing a gun at one of the cars. Metz says he and his wife use Waymo One six to eight times a week. When not using Waymo One, Metz primarily relies on a bicycle. He had never used Uber or Lyft prior to signing up for Waymo service, according to Verge.

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Tesla Autopilot

There is a race happening right now that stretches from Silicon Valley to Detroit and back: who can make a self - driving car that behaves better than human driver?Ss It is a far harder task than it sounded even a few years ago, because human drivers know a lot not just about their cars but about how people behave on road when theyre behind wheel. To reach that same kind of understanding, computerized cars need lots of data. And two companies with the most data right now are Tesla and Waymo. Both Tesla and Waymo are attempting to collect and process enough data to create a car that can drive itself. And they approach those problems in very different ways. Tesla is taking advantage of hundreds of thousands of cars it has on the road by collecting real - world data about how those vehicles perform with Autopilot, its current semi - autonomous system. Waymo, which started as a Googles self - driving car project, uses powerful computer simulations and feed what it learns from those into smaller real - world fleet. It's possible and proponents certainly claim that self - driving technology would lower the number of yearly deaths in the US that result from car crashes, by a staggering 40 000 people. But there's also huge financial incentive to apply all this data - driven tech to the road as quickly as possible. Intel believes autonomous vehicles could generate $800 billion per year in revenue in 2030 and $7 trillion per year by 2050. Last summer, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a note that data might be more valuable to Tesla than something like the Model 3. There's only one market big enough to propel the stock's value to levels of Elon Musk's aspirations: that of miles, data and content, he wrote in June. Tesla is developing towards autonomy by using customer - owned cars to gather that all - important data. The Companies has hundreds of thousands of customers, many of whom use Autopilot on streets around the world every day, and Tesla, according to its privacy policy, collects information about how well the feature perform. It is a familiar strategy for anyone who follows another of Elon Musk's companies: SpaceX. Musk has quietly tested equipment on real rocket launches and even sold some of company test launches. It is hard to pin down exactly how many miles of data Teslas gets from Autopilot because the company does make many public statements about it. In 2016, then - head of Autopilot told a conference crowd at MIT that Tesla had logged 780 million miles of data, with 100 million of those miles coming while Autopilot was in at least partial control, according to IEEE Spectrum. Later that summer, Musk said that Tesla was collecting just over 3 million miles per day. As of last July, though, total number of fleet miles driven had jumped to 5 billion. As Tesla sells more cars, amount of data that can be collected increases exponentially. Not all of those miles are from Autopilot, and Autopilot is still only a semi - autonomous feature.

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A lidar guy's lidar guy

Anthony Levandowski has lost his post as head of Ubers Self - Driving Technologies amid ongoing allegations that he stole trade secrets from Waymo, his former employer, Business Insider is reporting. Levandowski joined Uber last summer when the company acquired his driverless trucking startup, Otto. Before that, he worked at Waymo, self - Driving car project spun off by Google parent Alphabet. In February, Waymo filed a trade secrets lawsuit against Uber and Otto. Waymo has alleged that Levandowski stole 14 000 files, amounting to 9. 7 gigabytes of highly confidential data before his January 2016 departure. In an email obtained by Business Insider, Levandowski said he and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have decided that I will be recuse from all LIDAR - related work and management at Uber, through remainder of Waymo litigation. The lidar, or light radar, is a key component of Self - Driving technology that essentially lets cars see their surroundings. Just over two of nine gigabytes of data that Waymo claims Levandowski stole are said to relate to LIDAR. An Uber spokesperson confirmed the email. Eric Meyhofer, member of Uber's driverless car team in Pittsburgh, is replacing Levandowski as head of Advanced Technologies group, which oversees Uber's autonomous vehicle efforts. Levandowski, who has retained his own lawyers, has invoked the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self - incrimination, in lawsuit because of the potential for criminal action. But earlier this week, US appellate court ruled that Levandowski taking Fifth could prevent Uber from turning over potentially incriminating documents. Waymo has urged the court to bar Levandowski from any work relate to Uber's Self - Driving car program. Ubers decision to have Levandowski step aside from any LIDAR work could be seen as a last - ditch attempt to appease court and avoid preliminary injunction Waymo has request. A preliminary injunction could halt Uber driverless car progress indefinitely. I want to let you know that Travis and I have decided that I will be recuse from all LIDAR - related work and management at Uber, through remainder of Waymo litigation. This change means that Eric Meyhofer will be head of ATG, reporting to Travis, and I will report to Eric. My other responsibilities will not change. As you know, I currently dont provide input on detailed LIDAR design choices. But making this organizational change means I will have absolutely no oversight over or input into our LIDAR work. Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads relating to LIDAR, or ask me for advice on topic. We all know the hard work that Eric, James and the LIDAR team have put into independently developing our technology over the past few years. We should all be proud that our Self - Driving technology has been built independently, from the ground up. With this move, I hope to keep the team focused on achieving the vision that bring US all here.

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Are the cars really self-driving?

Waymo One currently requires human drivers to be present to supervise self - driving care and override it when necessary, but the new announcement means fully autonomous, unsupervised vehicles. If successful, passengers will have total free time in the back seat. Waymo claims trials in excess of 20 million miles of Autonomous Driving as of January 2020. While this sounds reassuring, with current US death rates at one per 100 million miles, this is woefully small to demonstrate safety on par with human drivers. However, some research suggests deploying good enough self - driving cars will save lives by getting rid of human errors and that waiting for technology to become near - perfect before deploying it would be a mistake.

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Waymos plan

Waymo and Magna plan to build thousands of self - driving cars at factories in southeast Michigan, including autonomous versions of the all - electric Jaguar I - PACE and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Waymo, former Google self - driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, announced Tuesday that Michigan Economic Development Corporation voted to approve companys plan to set up a manufacturing facility in the state to build its self - driving vehicles. Medc approved an $8 million grant for the project. Announcement is the latest signal that startup is preparing to scale up its commercial operations. In December, Waymo launched a limited commercial robotaxi service in the Phoenix Area, dubbed Waymo One. Waymo One self - driving car service, and accompanying App, still has Waymo - trained test drivers behind the wheel. Safety drivers will eventually be removed from vehicles and service will slowly open up to more people throughout 2019. Companies are moving quickly. The goal is to begin moving into the facility by mid - 2019 and begin preparing the site for manufacturing Level 4 autonomous vehicles. Level 4 is designation by SAE that means a vehicle handles all of driving under certain conditions. The location has not been determine, except that it will be in southeast Michigan. This will likely be an existing facility, and not a new build. Factorys will create up to 400 new jobs, according to Waymo. Waymo has supplier partnerships with Fiat, Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover. Last year, Waymo said up to 20 000 modified I - PACE vehicles would join Waymos driverless Ride - hailing service in the first two years of operation. Waymo also has a deal with FCA for up to 62 000 modified minivans. Waymo develops hardware and software and then works with automakers to integrate it into vehicles at its Novi, Michigan facility. Through partnership with Magna, same company that is manufacturing Jaguar I - PACE in Graz, Austria, production and integration will now happen at a dedicated facility.

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