Journey
We’ve been working on self-driving technology since 2009.
From our beginnings as the Google self-driving car project, we’ve been working to make our roads safer, free up people’s time, and improve mobility for everyone. Now, as an independent company, Waymo is more committed than ever to the same goal.
2009
The Google self-driving car project began
We set out on a challenge to drive fully autonomously over ten uninterrupted 100-mile routes in our Toyota Prius vehicles. Months later, we’d succeeded in driving an order of magnitude larger than had ever been driven autonomously.
2012
More than 300,000 miles self-driven
We added the Lexus RX450h to our fleet and continued self-driving on freeways with test drivers. We invited some Google employees to start early testing of our technology on highways, using our cars for work and weekend trips.
2012
Moved to complex city streets
We shifted focus to the more complex environment of city streets with pedestrians, cyclists, road work and more. Steve Mahan from the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center took his first test ride in the driver's seat, accompanied by a test driver.
2014
Designed a new prototype vehicle
We explored what fully self-driving cars could be like by designing a new prototype vehicle from the ground up. These vehicles had custom sensors, computers, steering and braking, but no steering wheels or pedals.
2015
Our prototypes hit public roads
Our prototypes joined our Lexus fleet on city streets in Mountain View, CA and Austin, TX. Google employees started testing our vehicles on city streets, and local artists created artwork for our vehicles as part of Paint the Town.
2015
World’s first fully self-driving ride on public roads
Steve joined us for another ride in our car, but this time was different. He rode completely alone in a vehicle—no steering wheel, no pedals and no driver—on public roads in Austin, TX.
2016
Over 2 million miles self-driven
We started testing on city streets in our fourth location, Metro Phoenix, AZ, to begin learning from a desert environment. We also drove an additional 1 billion miles in simulation just within 2016.
2016
Waymo, a self-driving technology company
The Google self-driving car project became Waymo, an independent self-driving technology company with a mission to make it easy and safe for people and things to move around.