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What is Waymo?

Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. We are a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. We’re determined to improve transportation for people around the world, building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs since 2009.

Why is Waymo working on fully self-driving cars?

Our goal is to transform mobility by making it easy and safe for people and things to move around. We’re committed to developing fully self-driving vehicles because we believe that this is safer and better for everyone.

Annually, over 1.2 million people die on our roadways. In the US alone, traffic collisions kill over 35,000 people a year—the equivalent of a 737 airplane falling out of the sky every single working day of the year—and that number is rising. In the U.S., 94% of crashes involve human error or choice, and this is one place where we believe we really can bring technology to bear. Fully self-driving cars could also help people who can't drive—whether they're elderly, blind, or disabled—to get around and do the things they love.

We've also begun conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck. Truck driving remains one of the deadliest occupations—4,000 people are killed and 110,000 people are injured in truck related accidents every year in the U.S.

What’s the difference between fully self-driving or autonomous cars, semi-autonomous cars, and driver assistance technology?

With fully self-driving technology, the car is designed to do all the work of driving and the person in the vehicle is never expected to take control of the vehicle at any time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calls this a fully automated vehicle. This is the type of technology we are working on.

Driver assistance could include technology like adaptive cruise control or automated parking. With some driver assistance systems, there may be moments when the car is capable of self-driving, but it could also back out of this mode in certain situations and the driver is expected to take over as needed. This type of technology falls between function-specific automation and limited self-driving automation by NHTSA’s classification.

What types of vehicles do you have on the road?

We drive every day on public roads so we can refine our technology and make it safe and easy for everyone to get around. Our fleet of self-driving vehicles has included modified Lexus SUVs, custom-built prototype vehicles (nicknamed "Firefly"), and now fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are our first vehicles built on a mass-production platform with a fully-integrated hardware suite, newly designed by Waymo for the purpose of full autonomy. We've also begun conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck.

Is Waymo working on self-driving trucks?

Waymo is currently testing its self-driving technology, developed since 2009 at Google, on Class 8 trucks. We've conducted road tests of Waymo’s trucks in California and Arizona, and we’re now running a pilot in Atlanta where our trucks are carrying cargo between Google’s warehouses and other logistics facilities. Learn more.

How does the technology work?

Our fully self-driving technology will handle all the driving so you can go from door to door without taking the wheel. This will deliver the biggest impact on improving road safety and mobility for everyone.

Our vehicles use their sensors and software to detect other roadway users, such as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as objects like vehicles and road work, from up to two football fields away in all directions. Every day, our cars drive safely through many complex scenarios on real city streets. We can adjust to unexpected changes like closed lanes or respond to complex cues at a railroad crossing. We’ve also taught our vehicles to drive defensively, so they try to stay out of blind spots and nudge away from large vehicles. Learn more.

What’s next for Waymo?

We’ve been refining our self-driving technology since 2009: racking up millions of miles of experience, teaching our cars advanced driving skills, and improving the performance of our software. Today, Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles are test-driving on public roads, without anyone in the driver’s seat.

With Waymo in the driver’s seat, we can reimagine many different types of transportation, from ride-hailing and logistics, to public transport and personal vehicles. We’ve been exploring each of these areas, with a focus on shared mobility.

I would like to provide feedback on how the cars drive on the road. How can I get in touch?

Your feedback is important to us. Please contact us and tell us about your experience.

I’d like to join the team. Where can I find a list of open roles?

You can learn more about available roles here.

How can I get a demo ride or become a volunteer tester?

If you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area, you can apply to join the first public trial of Waymo's self-driving cars, our early rider program.

While we are unable to accommodate other requests for demonstration rides or volunteer testers at the moment, we’ve now created an immersive 360 video experience that allows anyone to see what it’s like to ride in a fully self-driving car. Watch the video.

Can you come to my school, event, company or conference?

We are unable to accommodate most appearance requests due to our busy development and testing schedules. For special requests, please use our contact form. Please note we may not be able to respond to all inquiries.

We’ve also now created an immersive 360 video experience that allows anyone to see what it’s like to ride in a fully self-driving car. Watch the video.

Can you help me with my school or research project?

Please browse this website and visit our blog for more in-depth information on our project. We are unable to provide additional information at the moment.

Can you expand testing to my city or country?

Our mission is to make it safe and easy for everyone to get around. We look forward to bringing our technology to new cities as soon as possible.