Google’s autonomous spinoff, Waymo begins testing with the public in San Francisco

Alphabet’s Waymo has begun taking some San Francisco residents for rides in its self-contained sport utility vehicles and hopes to open robot taxis to anyone in the city in less than three years for launch in its only other market. Waymo’s announcement on Tuesday of its status and plans in San Francisco, a small peninsula … Read more

Autonomous startups have a secret weapon for driverless cars: additional human operators

Self-driving startups like Cruise and Pony.ai began testing their driverless cars in some parts of California last year, with an added resource: human operators. Although there is no driver behind the wheel, the passenger seat is occupied by a security operator who “has a red button that can stop the vehicle if something happens,” Pony.ai … Read more