Fed Panel Asks Today: Why Waymo?

Fed Panel Asks Today: Why Waymo?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-16-2017 at 12:00 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is holding the first meeting today of a new advisory committee focused, in its own words: “on automation across a number of modes.” The committee, made up of an array of experts from a variety of fields, is “to immediately begin work on some of the most pressing and… Read More


California Rules the Road

California Rules the Road
by Roger C. Lanctot on 01-16-2017 at 7:00 am

California’s influence on the global automotive industry remains intact at the start of 2017 in spite of the state’s strict licensing for autonomous vehicle testing on public roads. California managed to chase Uber away with that licensing requirement, but in the process the state has established a benchmark for… Read More


Asimo Creator Talks to Waymo

Asimo Creator Talks to Waymo
by Roger C. Lanctot on 12-25-2016 at 12:00 pm

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It’s been 16 years since the debut of Honda’s Asimo robot. By now, millions of people around the world have seen Asimo and its offspring at trade shows and on television. The robot is still capable of drawing a crowd wherever it is found especially since it is not only capable of walking and running but also of recognizing… Read More


Waymo Misses the Boat… Wayless?

Waymo Misses the Boat… Wayless?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 12-14-2016 at 4:00 pm

The big news in the world of transportation today is Alphabet’s spinoff of its automated driving business into a business unit called Waymo. The effort is positioned as Alphabet’s formal attempt to commercialize automated driving technology.

The project has been greeted with much fanfare and rumors of a late 2017… Read More