Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., a subsidiary of Google, plans to launch the first commercial unmanned vehicle under the new brand in early December 2018. The company has not yet disclosed the exact dates and the new name.
UAVs will begin to operate in the vicinity of the city of Phoenix, where closed tests of such cars have been conducted since 2017. About 400 volunteer families have been using Waymo services for a year now. Volunteers who decide to accept the new conditions will be exempted from non-disclosure obligations. This will allow them to share their impressions, to take friends with them and even media representatives. In this way, the company plans to expand its customer base.
Waymo has already invested about $ 80,000,000,000 in the project, another $ 96,000,000,000 is planned to be spent on licensing in the field of cargo transportation and technology, according to analysts from Morgan Stanley.waymo unmanned vehicles
“Pioneering” in the region gives advantages: the company will have the opportunity to quickly implement a network of vehicles, repair bases and support services. According to experts, this will allow the company to poach customers even from Uber and Lyft.
But analysts do not deny the existence of serious competition. Tesla, Daimler, Volkswagen and other companies have their own approach to solving technological and social issues related to the introduction of unmanned vehicles in everyday life.
UAVs built on the basis of Chrysler Pacifica vans and will have a high level of autonomy: 99.9% of the total time they will drive on autopilot, based on data from a test program.
The company plans to take a serious step - remove the engineer on duty from the cockpit of the drone, who controls the condition of the car while driving, and in the event of an emergency pressing the button forces the car to park at the curb. The data shows that the Waymo car can drive about 5,000 miles before it requires human intervention.