the road ahead
Waymo’s mission is to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. From moving people to moving goods, we’re taking autonomous driving to new places. Our mission is big and our work has the potential to transform lives.
The Google self-driving car project beginsWe set out on a challenge to drive autonomously over ten uninterrupted 100-mile routes in our Toyota Prius vehicles. Months later, we’d succeeded in driving more autonomous miles than had ever been driven before.
First fully autonomous ride on public roadsWe explored what fully autonomous cars could be with the Firefly. These cars had custom sensors, computers, steering, and braking, with no steering wheel or pedals. That year, our friend Steve Mahan, who’s legally blind, took the world’s first fully autonomous ride on public roads in Austin, TX.
Waymo becomes an independent autonomous driving technology companyWaymo was established under Alphabet as an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going.
Autonomously driven Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivansWe partnered with FCA to introduce a modified version of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan to our fleet - our first vehicle built on a mass-production platform designed for and integrated with the Waymo Driver.
Waymo's Early Rider Program beginsNext, we invited residents in Phoenix, AZ to join us in the first public trial of autonomously driven vehicles. Their feedback has been integral in helping shape our technology, service, and customer experience.
Waymo One launches in PhoenixWe launched the world’s first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service.
Fully autonomous rides ramp up within Waymo OneWe began offering fully autonomous rides to select Waymo One riders in the Metro Phoenix area.
Waymo Via expands truck testing to New Mexico and TexasWe introduced Waymo Via as our business unit dedicated to moving goods, and expanded our testing into New Mexico and Texas. We conducted trucking and delivery pilot programs, exploring how logistics partners could move goods more safely and efficiently with the Waymo Driver.
Opened up fully autonomous, rider-only service to members of the public in Metro Phoenix
Waymo’s SF Trusted Tester research program begins
We began allowing an initial group of San Franciscans to use our autonomous ride-hailing service for their everyday needs while providing valuable feedback that helps shape the future of mobility.