Waymo and Fiat Chrysler expand autonomous vehicle partnership

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

Waymo LLC and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are expanding their autonomous vehicle partnership to commercial vehicles, and FCA will develop wholly self-driving vehicles exclusively with Waymo going forward, the companies stated on Wednesday. Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc, and FCA said they will work together to develop autonomous light commercial vehicles for […]

Self-driving vehicle in manual mode at time of crash, says Waymo

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

A Waymo self-driving minivan operating in manual mode was associated with a rear-end crash in a Phoenix suburb caused by a sedan’s reckless driving, the company stated. The collision took place last Thursday night in Tempe when the sedan “erratically swerved” in front of the Waymo vehicle, “braking aggressively and abruptly slowing down to a […]

Waymo is now offering limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

Waymo CEO John Krafcik stated the self-driving vehicle company is now providing limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona, and is looking beyond the robo-taxi business to bring future revenue, including delivery services. Waymo, a unit of Alphabet Inc, has started offering completely automated rides, without attendants in the automobile, to a few hundred early users […]

Self-driving car unit Waymo seeks outside investors

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, has been seeking financing from outside investors including European automakers Volkswagen, The Information reported on Monday, menitoning a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Aside from Volkswagen, other potential investors could consist automakers that now make cars for Waymo – Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar. Alphabet could not be […]

Fiat Chrysler, Waymo broadens deal for self-driving ride-hailing service

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) will provide Waymo with thousands of Pacifica hybrid minivans as Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit starts presenting its first public ride-hailing service later this year, the companies stated on Tuesday. Depending on its scope and scale, the agreement could put pressure on other similar companies like Uber Technologies Inc and General […]

General Motors schedules investor event to talk about ‘autonomous future’

General Motors

General Motors on Thursday stated it will lay out “our vision for an autonomous future” in a webcast for investors on November 30, the latest signal from the largest U.S. automaker that it plans to expand its efforts to put self-driving vehicles to commercial use. GM’s announcement comes few days after Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving […]

Google stopped developing autopilot feature after test user napped

Waymo self driving car tests

Alphabet Inc’s self-driving vehicle system stopped developing functions that needed motorists to take control in unsafe scenarios, its chief executive said Monday, as auto-pilot dependence left users vulnerable to interruptions and ill-prepared to maneuver. The decision came after experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that revealed test users taking a nap, putting on makeup […]

Fiat Chrysler may look for more self-driving supplier partners, says Marchionne

CEO Sergio Marchionne

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) might look for more supplier partners to assist it establish and develop self-driving vehicles, CEO Sergio Marchionne stated. The Jeep and Ram brands are strong enough to remain as standalone entities outside FCA, Marchionne likewise stated on a conference call with experts after the company reported record first-quarter outcomes. But he […]

Self-driving projects comes with various alliances of companies

Uber test self driving

The race to develop and make use of autonomous vehicle technology is improving the hierarchy of the vehicle industry, replacing conventional top-down manufacturing relationships with complicated webs of alliances and acquisitions. Deal making in the automobile and innovation market is driven by the quick shift of self-driving vehicles from research tasks to major elements of […]