After Apple reportedly shelved its reported autonomous electric car project not long ago, another major technology company has decided to scale down its driverless ambitions.
This time around we’re discussing Google – who openly committed to delivering a future where cars would lack the steering and pedals, and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into research and testing projects. The tech company is reportedly lowering its production efforts involving its bubble-like self-driving car, instead focusing on partnerships with established manufacturers – rather than becoming an automotive manufacturer on its own. But the developments would continue – under the new name Waymo, which would gather all self-driving efforts under a single umbrella.
“We’re a self-driving car company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get around,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik noted in a statement. That’s not much information to go about when discussing the future of the self-driving in-house project. We already know Google has a partnership with FCA’s Chrysler to develop and test autonomous models based on the Pacifica minivan. Waymo’s self-sustained, self-driving ideas don’t seem to have been shelved altogether though, because the company still has the ambition to establish an autonomous taxi service to rival the ones offered in the future by Lyft or Uber.