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Alphabet's Waymo begins testing self-driving trucks

Waymo confirmed that it was only testing one vehicle at the moment.

  • Published: June 5, 2017 11:51 AM IST
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Amid the tussle with Uber on the theft of its self-driving car technology, Google ‘s Waymo has started testing its own autonomous truck. According to a report in BuzzFeed, Waymo’s self-driving truck was spotted in a photo and the development was later confirmed by the company. A spokesperson from Waymo – Google’s self-driving car arm – said that it took “eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck.” Move on Android, Google has a ‘new focus’ Also Read - Jio-Google partnership: JioPhone Next to new 5G collaboration, here are 5 key takeaways

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Safety was the focus of the expansion into the sector, the spokesperson said, with the aim of reducing “thousands of trucking-related deaths each year”. Waymo confirmed that it was only testing one vehicle at the moment and it was still manually driving it on a public road in order to collect data.

Its rival Uber has already delivered its first shipment in a self-driving freight vehicle last August — a short time after it bought trucking startup Otto for $680 million. Waymo and Uber became fierce rivals when the former sued and filed a lawsuit against the latter for allegedly stealing trade secrets and self-driving technology from it. ALSO READ: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick s mother killed in a tragic boating accident

The lawsuit argued that formerWaymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left the company and later co-founded Otto in January 2016. Earlier this week, Uber fired Levandowski for allegedly stealing some 14,000 documents fromWaymo. ALSO READ: Waymo versus Uber lawsuit to go under trial, as judge refuses private arbitration

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  • Published Date: June 5, 2017 11:51 AM IST



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