While Alphabet's Waymo is focusing on self-driving tech and leaving the car building to places like Detroit, Zoox has stuck to its plan to design a robotaxi from the ground up—and operate a ride-hail service.
But that is exactly what happened this week , when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft.
Waymo has signed an agreement to work with Renault and Nissan on issues surrounding self-driving car technology, the companies said Thursday. The French government has said it wants self-driving tech by 2020 or 2022, and legislation to allow some autonomous vehicles in the country is currently in the works.
Together, the groups want that advisory panel to come up with a standard that would force those building self-driving technology explain how their cars can get through bloopers and accidents, even without a driver at the wheel.
But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.
The Bold Robocar Roaming Las Vegas Without a Human Backup Yandex's team got to Vegas two weeks before CES to map the roads and hand-annotate the results to mark lanes, traffic lights, and other stationary objects.
By the 2007 Urban Challenge, the vehicles were not just avoiding obstacles and sticking to trails but following traffic laws, merging, parking, even making safe, legal U-turns.When Google launched its self-driving car project in 2009, it started by hiring a team of Darpa Challenge veterans.
“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.
It’s been a week: Let’s get you caught up.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekWe still don’t know whether the Tesla Model S stopped last month by some quick-thinking cops as its driver snoozed in the front seat was on Autopilot, the electric carmaker’s semi-autonomous highway driving feature.
All along fixed routes, all with a friendly attendant in the front row to help new or confused riders, and take the wheel if the tech falters.“Our ideal partners are people that have first mile, last mile challenges, who are trying to help individuals get from things like transit stops or parking structures to their end destination,” says May Mobility COO Alisyn Malek, who first heard of Olson’s approach while working in venture capital at General Motors.1 “What this gives us, essentially, is a captive audience, and a known road network, and nodes that people need to move between.”That self-driving challenge is way easier than demanding a car can go anywhere, anytime.