Sergey Brin

Google's self-driving-car project becomes a separate company: Waymo

Google's self-driving-car project becomes a separate company: Waymo

The self-driving car project Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signaling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years.

“We are getting close, and we are getting ready,” Waymo Chief Executive John Krafcik said Tuesday after unveiling the company's identity.

To underscore his point, Krafcik revealed the project had reached a key milestone in the journey to having fully autonomous cars cruising on public roads. In a trip taken in October 2015, a pod-like car with no steering wheel and brake pads drove a legally blind passenger around neighborhoods in Austin, Texas,...

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