An Update on Self-Driving Cars
Google’s artificial intelligence efforts extend well beyond handsets and smart speakers. Waymo, the company’s self-driving car unit, has been siphoning the company’s AI power to develop the future of transportation. “Today Waymo is the only company in the world with a fleet of fully self-driving cars, with no one in the driving seat, on public roads,” John Krafcik, Waymo’s CEO, told the audience Tuesday at I/O. That’s about to go even further: Later this year, Waymo will launch its first driverless transportation service in Phoenix. Just open an app, call a ride, and a fully autonomous vehicles—as in, no human hands on the wheel—will pull up to pick you up. Like Uber, but for self-driving cars.