Google Parent Alphabet Debuts Driverless-Car Company Waymo

By Paul Riegler on 13 December 2016
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Google announced Tuesday it is moving its driverless-car research from the lab into a separate business unit called Waymo. The new entity’s mission will be to “make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.”

The business unit will be headed by John Krafcik, who has led the project for several years and previously worked at Ford and Hyundai.

Over the past year Waymo has conducted more than two million miles of testing on public roads, after Google debuted a prototype of its self-driving car in 2014. The car, which had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals, relied solely on sensors and its software to drive.

The company is likely to not offer its own car, however, but to partner with traditional automakers who are trying to develop their own autonomous vehicles.

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