Google’s self-driving car project is now an Alphabet company called ‘Waymo’
Google announced today at a small press event in San Francisco, California that its self-driving car project is spinning off into its own company and getting a new name: Waymo. This news follows a report from earlier today that Google has backed off plans for radical self-driving cars in run-up to its launch.
Waymo is a “self-driving tech company with mission to make it safe for people and things to get around,” CEO of Google’s self-driving car project John Krafcik said at the event. He also said that today will be the last day that he introduces himself by that title.
“We’re now an independent company within the Alphabet umbrella,” Krafcik said. “We’ve now completed with that process.”
Krafcik spent much of the presentation offering a recap of where the project has been and where it is going. He said today that Google recently performed a self-driving test in Austin, Texas, with no driver at the helm, and that the company’s cars have now reached the billion mile landmark in total simulation miles.
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