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At the most basic level, a self-driving vehicle needs to be able to answer four basic questions:
Where am I?
What’s around me?
What will happen next?
What should I do?
Waymo is building a driver—not a car. Waymo’s goal is to build technology that’s a safe, cautious, and defensive driver—and the most experienced driver on the road.
Not all self-driving technology is the same. SAE International, a group of automotive experts from around the world, has developed a 5-level scale to help people distinguish the different systems.
Self-driving cars have the potential to reshape transportation for people with disabilities, especially those individuals who cannot get a driver’s license.
Distracted driving. Drunk driving. Texting and driving. The road is not as safe as it should be.
Waymo’s self-driving cars began carrying members of the public through its Early Rider Program in Arizona in 2017.
Answers to all of your what if self-driving questions.
What if an autonomous, driverless, or self-driving car is hacked or its cybersecurity is breached?
A fully self-driving vehicle must be able to handle all the everyday driving tasks expected of human drivers.
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Waymo has set up a private, 91-acre, closed-course testing facility in California specially designed and built for Waymo’s own unique testing needs.
Waymo’s system is currently designed so each vehicle operates only within pre-mapped zones under certain conditions.
In the event of a technology failure, Waymo’s system is designed to bring the vehicle to a safe stop
For bicyclists, distracted and drunk drivers can present a fatal danger.
Waymo’s technology uses sensors to identify police or emergency vehicles by detecting their appearance, their sirens, and their emergency lights.
We all know bad or unsafe driving. We see it every day from road rage to tailgating to distraction to high speeds.
For the last 100 years, vehicles have been designed with a human driver in mind. But over the last decade, Waymo has been designing self-driving technology with the passenger in mind.
Regardless of the modes of transportation we use to get around on a daily basis, we are all pedestrians at times as well.
Waymo technology is designed to see 360 degrees in every direction, at all times.