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Waymo’s Autonomous Taxi Service Tops 100,000 Rides

More than 100,000 trips have been taken in robotaxis operated by Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc. Now the service is expanding to iPhone users. On the first anniversary of its pilot program in Chandler, Arizona, Waymo said …

Alibaba-Backed Startup Autox Applies for Driver-less Test Permit In California

Chinese startup AutoX, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, has applied to test self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver in California, the first challenger to Alphabet Inc’s autonomous driving venture Waymo to say it has done so. If granted the …

Waymo CEO Sees Driverless Trucking Catching on Faster Than Taxis

True driverless cars have arrived from Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc., but the company’s chief executive officer says robot ride hailing may not be the first form of automotive autonomy to take off commercially. Waymo has begun running …

Waymo Launches Robotic Ride-Hailing Service in Arizona

Google’s self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles …

Waymo Maintains Lead in Self-Driving Car Race

In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, …

Waymo Leads Self-Driving Car Race

In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, …

Uber Crash Spotlights Self-Driving Wild West Hub

The technology behind autonomous vehicles has originated from coders in Silicon Valley, engineers in Detroit and academic researchers in Pittsburgh. Much of it eventually lands on the streets of Arizona, a state that’s done more than any other to welcome …

Uber to Pay $245M to Settle Waymo’s Allegations of Trade Secrets Theft

Uber is paying $245 million to Google’s self-driving car spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies. The surprise settlement announced Friday came as lawyers for Uber and …

Waymo Robot Cars Need Little Human Help as GM Makes Big Leap

Self-driving cars developed by Waymo need less human backup than rivals – though General Motors Co.’s vehicles are improving fast. The Alphabet Inc. unit’s cars drove in autonomous mode for more than 352,000 miles on California public roads last year, …

GM Drops Steering Wheel, Gives Robot Driver Control

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine. When …