Posted on January 10, 2017 by staff

Google plans first road tests of self-driving car Waymo


Google is preparing for the first ever public road tests of its self-driving car Waymo, which will begin later this month.

Chief executive John Kraftic said the trials will take place in Arizona and Google’s native California, in a presentation at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The company, which was formally launched by Google in December, plans to have completed three million miles of test-driving by May.

Waymo was in Michigan displaying the modified Chrysler Pacificas, which have been fitted with Waymo-designed sensors.

The firm plans to develop the technology, before selling it to established carmakers.

Arunprasad Nandakumar, a tech analyst with Frost and Sullivan, said: “The Waymo self-driving program is the first true end-to-end integrated solution that we see in the market today.

“In the coming months, the Waymo minivan will give clearer indications on whether the industry will be able to meet the steep targets that have been publicly announced by various players.”