Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

by Frankie Norman June 5, 2017, 1:19
Waymo Exploring Self-Driving Trucks

The company this week followed through on threats to fire star autonomous-car researcher Anthony Levandowski, whose hiring touched off a bitter trade-secrets fight with Waymo, the former self-driving auto arm of Google.

Google has long said that is it interested in tackling self-driving technology in an effort to stem the loss of lives attributed to auto accidents. As such, Waymo is taking its eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a "technical exploration" into how the tech can integrate into a truck. It's even still manually driving it on a public road in order to collect data.

While details on how far Waymo has advanced in trucks are thin, applying the technology the company is already successfully testing with cars seems to be a no-brainer.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has a multi-billion dollar entity that most people know little about operating behind the scenes.

Uber has expanded into many US cities and dozens of countries, but it faces constant battles to operate free of regulations that apply to traditional employers such as taxicab companies.

Other ride hailing companies are also working on self driving trucks.

Levandowski was recently in the news for being the engineer accused of stealing trade secrets regarding self-driving automobiles when he left Waymo.

The legal action was taken after Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron, who both worked at Google, quit to start their own self-driving vehicle company Otto.

Even before the announced departure of head of finance Gautam Gupta, which the company announced Thursday, Uber has struggled. Though it is presently the centre of attraction in a lawsuit going on against Waymo which claims, Anthony Lewandoski stole critical documents worth nearly 10 GB of data. The judge also ordered Uber to return any files it may have obtained from Waymo through Levandowski.

San Francisco-based Uber appears to be blaming the stolen documents exclusively on Levandowski in an effort to defend itself against Waymo's lawsuit.

Google has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars for almost a decade to dominate the autonomous auto technology market.

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