Google Parent Launches New Driverless-Car Company: Waymo

At a press event in San Francisco today where Waymo, as the new unit is called, was unveiled, Alphabet said it is now focusing on creating partnerships with existing car manufacturers. Earlier this year, a number of struggles emerged around Google’s self-driving car technology, which led to the departure of some key engineers and leaders. These struggles, some of Google’s former self-driving car engineers said, added up to “slow progress.” According to various rumors, the turnabout has been a matter of controversy at Google, with some execs still feeling they should develop a car end-to-end. But the way ahead, it seems, is Waymo, the new Alphabet self-driving division meaning “a new way forward in mobility.” Waymo is the commercial manifestation of years of self-driving research at Google.