Googe Launches Waymo, a Self-Driving Car Company
Google is spinning off its autonomous driving program into a separate company, Alphabet announced this week.
The new company, called Waymo, will be headed by John Krafcik, will remain under the Google umbrella, specifically as a unit of X, Google’s moonshot division that tackles ambitious, futuristic projects.
Waymo is testing self-driving cars in four states but can’t offer a timeline for when consumers might be able to access autonomous vehicles.
Since Google started its self-driving program in 2009, the company’s vehicles have accumulated 300 years of human driving experience. This year, Google simulated one billion simulated miles of autonomous driving.