Cars from the future roaming San Francisco
Have you ever seen these funny looking suvs with a spiny shiny thing on top and sensors all over driving through the city? Well if you haven't, these cars are most definitely a neck breaker. Waymo started out as google's first self-driving car project back in 2009 and since then has been building towards what they call “ the world's most experienced driver”. According to their website. 1.3 million deaths per year worldwide that are caused by human error in a motor vehicle. This company is trying to make an autonomous driver that never gets drunk, tired, or distracted with safety always in its heart to prevent more deaths due to human error. They have been in testing for years now and claim to keep going because every mile matters. They have driven millions of miles on the road across more than 10 states in the US. This company offers a Waymo Driver or Waymo via, the driver moves people whereas via moves product.
They first began in 2009 as google's self driving car project and have grown into the multibillion company they are now. They offer thousands of jobs in the stem field such as engineering, software development, construction and automotive. They describe their work environment as cutting ede, fsat moving and mission driven. They value themselves on their customer feedback and it is actually something highly important in their whole automotive ride experience. In 2020 they finally opened their services to anyone in their service areas. They have partnered with many car companies such as jaguar, volvo and nissan just to name a few.
The Waymo driver first sets out on the road and immediately is aware of where they are, instead of relying on gps they rely on prebuilt maps that highlight specific features that may be important factors while driving. Next the driver senses objects or people around him that might change its next move. Next the driver makes a prediction on what's going to happen next as well as its next step. Finally the driver acts while constantly monitoring and sensing objects around the vehicle. They also have a feature where a human can take control of the vehicle if necessary.
What do you think? Would you trust a driverless car or not?
Written by Paola Ayala