“Today, we’re taking our next big step by becoming Waymo, a new Alphabet business. Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. We’re a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around,” announced on a post on medium John Krafcik (CEO, Google Self-Driving Cars, now on Waymo).
“Waymo may be a new company, but we’re building on advanced self-driving technology developed over many years at Google,” he underscored and then told about the main milestone
achieved by the project since launch in 2009: the world’s first fully-self driven car ride on 20th October, 2015.
The transformation of the project in a stand alone company and business unit under the Alphabet umbrella is another step towards the launch of the first commercial Google self-driving car, which is expected, as said in 2012 by Sergey Brin (one of the founders of Google), by 2018.
Expert members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) estimate that up to 75% of cars will be driverless vehicles by 2040.
Google’s Waymo, not alone in the commercial self-driving car horizon
But Google, now Waymo is not alone in the self driving car horizon. NuTonomy expects to provide self-driving taxi services in Singapore by 2018, and being able to expand this service to 10 cities around the world by 2020.
Uber eyes to become 100% driverless by 2030. Many car manufacturers has also unveiled plans for commercial driverless vehicles, some of them as soon as 2017.
Ford, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Tesla, Jaguar-Land Rover, Nissan or Volvo are among the mentioned car brands. Today there is already more than one car model providing self parking functions.
Key developers driving cars with no driver come true
Along with Google, now Waymo, other key players in the self driving cars run are: GM-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab; Uber Advanced Technologies Center; NVIDIA; NuTonomy; University of Berlin (Germany);Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany); Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich (Germany); VisLab, University of Parma (Italy); Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (UK); INRIA IMARA, Paris ( France); Easymile (France); NavyaTechnology (France); Griffth University, Intelligent Control Systems Lab (Australia); Singapore-MIT-Alliance for Research and Technology (Singapore); HiTech Robotic Systemz (India); Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute -ETRI- (Korea); RobotTaxi (Japan); Transportation University, Tianjin (China); National University of Defence, Bejing (China); The National Natural Science Foundation of China; Yutong Bus Company (China); and Autonomous Solutions, Inc -ASI- (USA).
Image over the headline.- Google self-driving car with Waymo brand on it. © Waymo.
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