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When Google spun off its self-driving car project in 2016 as a separate company called Waymo, the auto world took notice. Since then, Waymo has led the pack of autonomous vehicle developers, setting the stage for what could be a massive transformation in personal mobility. The company was among the first to deploy fully driverless cars, and it has its sights set on ride-hailing and freight hauling as its commercial pursuits. Waymo’s position at the top of the technological hierarchy will tell us whether self-driving cars are truly transformative or just a passing fad.

Waymo designed new features to improve AV access for passengers with disabilities

Waymo autonomous vehicle attacked by an ‘erratic’ pedestrian in Arizona

Waymo, Aurora, Uber, and others urge California to lift its ban on heavy-duty self-driving trucks

Waymo’s self-driving trucks will deliver home goods for Wayfair

Self-driving cars crash, too, but figuring out what it means requires much better data

US releases new driver-assist crash data, and surprise, it’s mostly Tesla

Waymo is teaming up with Uber on autonomous trucking because time really heals all wounds

Waymo says fully driverless rides are coming to San Francisco

Waymo to start charging money for its robotaxi rides in San Francisco

Waymo wins bid to keep some of its robotaxi safety details secret

Waymo will test its autonomous trucks in Texas with brokerage firm CH Robinson

Fewer robot cars are driving more miles in California

Waymo sues California DMV to keep driverless crash data under wraps

Waymo plans fleet of self-driving, all-electric robotaxis with Chinese automaker Geely

Waymo says test vehicle was in manual mode when it struck a pedestrian in San Francisco

UPS will make deliveries using Waymo’s autonomous Class 8 trucks

Waymo is bringing its autonomous vehicles to New York City for (manually driven) mapping

Waymo’s autonomous vehicles keep getting stuck in a dead-end street in San Francisco

Waymo co-CEO Tekedra Mawakana on how to get self-driving taxis to the mall

It’s harder than it looks

Cruise gets the green light to give driverless rides to passengers in San Francisco

Waymo will no longer sell its ‘Laser Bear Honeycomb’ lidar sensors to other companies

Waymo starts offering autonomous rides in San Francisco

Waymo is building a hub for its autonomous trucks in Texas

Welcome to Simulation City, the virtual world where Waymo tests its autonomous vehicles

Waymo raises $2.5 billion in second external funding round

Waymo teams up with trucker JB Hunt on autonomous freight hauling in Texas

A driverless Waymo got stuck in traffic and then tried to run away from its support crew

The autonomous vehicle world is shrinking — it’s overdue

‘The AV industry has promised too much for too long, and has delivered too little’

Google banks big in Alphabet’s post-pandemic-peak Q1 2021 earnings

Waymo is disclosing more autonomous vehicle data for research purposes

Waymo simulated real-world crashes to prove its self-driving cars can prevent deaths

Waymo and Cruise dominated autonomous testing in California in the first year of the pandemic