StageUnattributed VC - III | Alive
Last Raised$2.5B | 2 yrs ago
Waymo operates as a self-driving technology company. It offers an autonomous ride-hailing service. It helps in reducing traffic injuries and fatalities in the places where it operates. It was founded in 2009 and is based in Mountain View, California.
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CB Insights Intelligence Analysts have mentioned Waymo in 19 CB Insights research briefs, most recently on May 2, 2023.
Expert Collections containing Waymo
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Waymo is included in 4 Expert Collections, including Auto Tech.
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Waymo has filed 1639 patents.
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- Autonomous cars
- Automotive technologies
- Advanced driver assistance systems
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Laser science, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Optical devices, Lidar
Latest Waymo News
Jun 4, 2023
Plato Data Intelligence. Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review “The Frost nails its uncanny, disconcerting vibe in its first few shots. Vast icy mountains, a makeshift camp of military-style tents, a group of people huddled around a fire, barking dogs. It’s familiar stuff, yet weird enough to plant a growing seed of dread. There’s something wrong here. …The Frost is a 12-minute movie in which every shot is generated by an image-making AI. It’s one of the most impressive—and bizarre—examples yet of this strange new genre.” Michael Le Page | New Scientist “Xing Wang at the University of Illinois and his colleagues constructed the nanohand using a method called DNA origami, in which a long, single strand of DNA is ‘stapled’ together by shorter DNA pieces that pair with specific sequences on the longer strand. …The four fingers of the nanohand are joined to a ‘palm’ to form a cross shape when the hand is open. Each finger is just 71 nanometers long…and has three joints, like a human finger.” Timothy B. Lee | Ars Technica “[Google and Waymo] don’t believe self-driving technology is ‘decades away’ because they’re already testing it in Phoenix and San Francisco. And they are preparing to launch in additional cities in the coming months. Waymo expects to increase passenger rides tenfold between now and the summer of 2024. Cruise is aiming for $1 billion in revenue in 2025, which would require something like a 50-fold expansion of its current service.” Jennifer Ouellette | Ars Technica “Atomic-scale imaging emerged in the mid-1950s and has been advancing rapidly ever since—so much so, that back in 2008, physicists successfully used an electron microscope to image a single hydrogen atom. Five years later, scientists were able to peer inside a hydrogen atom using a ‘quantum microscope,’ resulting in the first direct observation of electron orbitals. And now we have the first X-ray taken of a single atom.” Joao Madeiros | Wired “To doctors and nurses working 75 years ago, when the UK’s National Health Service was founded, a modern ward would be completely unrecognizable. Fast-forward into the future, and hospitals are likely to look very different again. These are some of the changes you’re likely to see in years to come.” Rohit Krishnan | BigThink “The systems of today are powerful. They can write, paint, direct, plan, code, and even write passable prose. And with this explosion of capabilities, we also have an explosion of worries. In seeing some of these current problems and projecting them into future non-extant problems, we find ourselves in a bit of a doom loop. The more fanciful arguments about how artificial superintelligence is inevitable and how they’re incredibly dangerous sit side by side with more understandable concerns about increasing misinformation.” Oliver Whang | The New York Times “[In January, a group of young AI researchers] called for teams to create functional language models using data sets that are less than one-ten-thousandth the size of those used by the most advanced large language models. A successful mini-model would be nearly as capable as the high-end models but much smaller, more accessible and more compatible with humans. The project is called the BabyLM Challenge.” Chloe Xiang | Motherboard “This decision follows an incident where a Manhattan lawyer named Steven A. Schwartz used ChatGPT to write a 10-page brief that cited multiple cases that were made up by the chatbot, such as ‘Martinez v. Delta Air Lines,’ and ‘Varghese v. China Southern Airlines.’ After Schwartz submitted the brief to a Manhattan federal judge, no one could find the decisions or quotations included, and Schwartz later admitted in an affidavit that he had used ChatGPT to do legal research.” Casey Crownhart | MIT Technology Review “Let’s start with what I consider to be good news: there’s a lot of money going into clean energy—including renewables, nuclear, and things that help cut emissions, like EVs and heat pumps. And not only is it a lot of money, but it’s more than the amount going toward fossil fuels. In 2022, for every dollar spent on fossil fuels, $1.70 went to clean energy. Just five years ago, it was dead even.” Charlie Wood | Wired “In the past year, researchers have teleported energy across microscopic distances in two separate quantum devices, vindicating Hotta’s theory. The research leaves little room for doubt that energy teleportation is a genuine quantum phenomenon. ‘This really does test it,’ said Seth Lloyd, a quantum physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was not involved in the research. “You are actually teleporting. You are extracting energy.”
Waymo Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Waymo founded?
Waymo was founded in 2009.
Where is Waymo's headquarters?
Waymo's headquarters is located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.
What is Waymo's latest funding round?
Waymo's latest funding round is Unattributed VC - III.
How much did Waymo raise?
Waymo raised a total of $5.7B.
Who are the investors of Waymo?
Investors of Waymo include Magna International, AutoNation, Alphabet, Silver Lake, CPP Investments and 10 more.
Who are Waymo's competitors?
Competitors of Waymo include Embark Trucks, Deeproute.ai, UISEE Technology, Ghost Autonomy, Gatik, Imagry, Mars Auto, Pony.ai, RideFlux, Vay and 12 more.
Compare Waymo to Competitors
Cruise makes automated driving technology. It uses sensors and machine vision technology to keep users in their lane and a safe distance from the car in front of them. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California. In March 2022, Cruise was acquired by General Motors.
iSee is a developer of autonomous driving technology. It offers self-driving yard trucks to help companies automate their logistics hubs and achieve yard safety, cost savings, consistent driving performance, and reliable driving capacity. The firm was founded in 2017 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Peloton is a connected and automated vehicle technology company dedicated to improving the safety and efficiency of the U.S. trucking industry and other global automotive markets. Peloton creates partnerships with customers to provide and manage tools for saving fuel, avoiding accidents, and improving operational insight through the use of connectivity, automation and data analytics. Peloton's flagship platooning system links the active safety systems of pairs of trucks, and connects them to a cloud-based Network Operations Center that limits platooning to appropriate roads and conditions while provides safety-critical services to trucks and drivers both in and out of platoon.
Kodiak Robotics develops autonomous technology to carry freight forward. It offers a technology stack that is purpose-built for long-haul trucks. Its modular hardware approach, SensorPods, integrates sensors into a streamlined sensor-pod structure that optimizes for perception, scalability, and maintainability. Kodiak Robotics was founded in 2018 and is based in Mountain View, California.
BaseTracK provides an autonomous trucking system intended to assist vehicles in safe driving. The company's system uses high-precision spatial driving routes, hybrid navigation systems, and object positioning as well as guides vehicles in undefined weather conditions. It was founded in 2018 and is based in Tornimate, Estonia.
Waabi is an AI company that builds the next generation of self-driving technology. It offers Waabi Driver, which is an automated trucking technology that features factory-level original equipment manufacturing (OEM) integration, large-scale commercialization, and safe deployment. The company was founded in 2021 and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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