The Future of Self-driving Cars

I have researched the major self driving car companies. We know Argo AI failed. They were ranked 5th in California based upon disengagement miles. Disengagement miles is a misleading statistic. It is only somewhat predictive. Argo had $4 billion or so of funding and 2100 employees. Ford after pulling the plug said Argo was over …

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Google Waymo launching paid self-driving car service in Phoenix in 2018 and California likely in 2019

Waymo has been testing self-driving cars without any safety drivers in Phoenix for nearly a year. Waymo will launch the first commercial program in Phoenix within months. They have applied California regulators to begin testing without safety drivers. The commercial self-driving in California will likely start in 2019. Waymo is buying 62,000 plug-in hybrid Pacifica …

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Waymo will soon increase self-driving by a thousand times while Uber failed when they cut corners on safety

Google’s Waymo should have 20,000 self-driving cars giving rides by 2023. Those self-driving cars could be driving a billion miles every year. Currently Waymo passed 5 million self-driving miles in February, 2018. For Deep learning artificial intelligence, the key to better performance is getting to a billion or more examples. Waymo is already in the …

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Waymo authorized for commercial self driving service in the USA

Waymo, the self-driving Google spinoff, has been given legal permission to operate as a Transportation Network Company in the state of Arizona. Waymo has been running a pilot program that lets people call for rides in its cars, at first with safety engineers riding in the driver’s seat, but fully driverless since November 2017. MIT …

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Uber and Waymo have settled lawsuit for $245 million in Uber stock

Waymo had originally sought a $1 billion settlement last year before the trial got underway, but Uber rejected that deal. Waymo has settled for 0.34 percent of Uber’s equity at the company’s $72 billion valuation, which is around $245 million. Uber cannot use any of Waymo’s hardware or software trade secrets as one of the …

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