I think one of the most exciting technological advancements is the ability for cars to drive themselves.
Seems like there’s really three companies leading the way that I’ve been tracking: Waymo, Uber, Tesla.
Waymo (a part of Alphabet/Google)
- NY Times – Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars (May 14, 2017)
- NY Times – Waymo to Offer Phoenix Area Access to Self-Driving Cars (April 25, 2017)
- Medium – Introducing Waymo’s suite of custom-built, self-driving hardware (Feb 15, 2017)
- TechCrunch – Waymo’s self-driving tech got a lot better in 2016 (Feb 1, 2017)
Seems like the traditional automakers have realized that they need to get on the self-driving bandwagon or risk being irrelevant. It’s interesting to watch
- Jan 12, 2018 – Cruise has released their 4th gen car. It doesn’t have a steering wheel which is required by federal regulations. They’re petitioning to get an exemption.
- Cruise has their 3rd generation car that’s ready for production.
- Reuters – Exclusive: GM plans to build, test thousands of self-driving Bolts in 2018 – sources (Feb 17, 2017)
Ford is testing having people in the seats as the seats. They want people to get used seeing people with no drivers.
- TechCrunch – Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it (April 24, 2017)
- Aurora is ex-Waymo guys that are helping build software to make it easier for people to build autonomous car programs.
Has started a $1.5B fund to invest in self-driving cars.
- Recode – This is the new self-driving truck company taking on Uber’s Otto (February 25, 2017)
- TechCrunch – Embark’s self-driving truck is ready to assist human drivers (February 24, 2017)
- Jan 15, 2018 – Pony.ai raised $112M for their series a investment round. It’s some ex-Baidu guys.
Notebook page updated — March 6, 2017