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Waymo chooses Michigan for autonomous vehicle manufacturing

Waymo chooses Michigan for autonomous vehicle manufacturing

Waymo is announcing a big step today, as it has committed to producing autonomous vehicles in Michigan. Waymo's choice of state probably won't come as a surprise to most folks given Michigan's deep ties to the US auto industry. The company was granted approval to begin manufacturing by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and will now begin looking for a place to set up shop.

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Waymo One launched as commercial self-driving service

Waymo One launched as commercial self-driving service

After more than a year of testing its self-driving cars in real-world scenarios, Waymo is ready to actually launch its commercial service. Today, the company announced that its self-driving service will be called Waymo One, and it'll first be launching in Phoenix. Don't expect to be ordering Waymo rides right away though, as this is going to be a slow roll out.

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Waymo reportedly makes big autonomous car safety driver changes

Waymo reportedly makes big autonomous car safety driver changes

Waymo has put safety drivers back in the driver's seat of its autonomous vehicles, sources claim. The change reportedly took place some time within the last month and is said to be the result of safety concerns at Alphabet. As well, a report claims that Waymo is limiting its self-driving car testing to only about 5-percent of the Phoenix metro region.

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Waymo paid autonomous taxi service could launch in December

Waymo paid autonomous taxi service could launch in December

Waymo's driverless car service could begin taking paying customers as soon as December, sources claim, with the Alphabet-owned autonomous vehicle project finally taking on Uber and Lyft. The Google spin-off had promised earlier this year that it would launch a commercial ride-hailing service somewhere in the US.

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Waymo self-driving car accident blamed on human error

Waymo self-driving car accident blamed on human error

In a blog post on Monday, Waymo CEO John Krafcik revealed that one of the company's self-driving vehicles has been involved in an accident with a motorcycle. The "manual collision" happened in Mountain View, California, on El Camino Real, and was the result of an attempt to avoid a different anticipated wreck, according to the company. The car was not operating itself at the time of the accident.

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Waymo gets driverless car testing permit for California public roads

Waymo gets driverless car testing permit for California public roads

Waymo has been given permission by the California DMV to conduct self-driving car tests on public roads. The company announced its new permit today, saying this is the first permit in the state that authorizes this type of testing. This follows almost a decade of testing in California, according to Waymo, which has been testing driverless cars in Arizona since 2017.

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Waymo talks about its next 10 million miles

Waymo talks about its next 10 million miles

Waymo has announced that its self-driving vehicles have eclipsed 10 million miles combined. That huge number of autonomous miles were driven in 25 cities across the US including locations in California, Arizona, and Michigan. The roads included high-speed roads near Phoenix and the urban streets of San Francisco.

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Waymo’s autonomous cars are leaving human drivers furious

Waymo’s autonomous cars are leaving human drivers furious

Waymo's autonomous cars may not be as advanced as widely believed, with insiders along with human drivers sharing the roads with the Alphabet company's Arizona trial warning a reality-check is required. The self-driving car project was spun out of a Google division, and began real-world testing in Phoenix, AZ in 2016.

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Walmart and Waymo team to drive riders to pick up groceries

Walmart and Waymo team to drive riders to pick up groceries

Waymo has been operating a pilot program in Phoenix, Arizona for a while now. That program allows riders to take Waymo autonomous cars to do whatever it is that they need to do for the day. Waymo is expanding that with a new partnership in the metro Phoenix area with Walmart.

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Apple nabs ex-Waymo senior self-driving engineer

Apple nabs ex-Waymo senior self-driving engineer

It's been some time since we've heard about Apple's code-named Project Titan, the autonomous driving project that is believed to have originally included development on an actual vehicle but was scaled back several years ago to focus on self-driving software. It seems work on the project is still moving forward at a somewhat steady pace, and it may even have gotten a nice boost with Apple confirming that it's hired a senior engineer from Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle division.

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Uber hopes Waymo self-driving cars will join its network

Uber hopes Waymo self-driving cars will join its network

Uber, the ridesharing company that is working on the development of its own self-driving vehicles, hopes to get Alphabet's Waymo onboard. Company CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the ambition during Code Conference, explaining that the relationship between the two companies -- which recently settled a major lawsuit -- is warming up.

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Waymo is adding “up to 62,000” autonomous minivans to its fleet

Waymo is adding “up to 62,000” autonomous minivans to its fleet

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler are readying a huge upgrade to the autonomous fleet, with up to 62,000 new self-driving minivans on order and the potential for driverless tech to show up in dealerships. The two companies have already worked together, with Waymo using Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for its operations in Arizona and elsewhere.

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