Yes, Google will no longer manufacture self-propelled cars. Waymo will do it.
Basically, Google X's self-driving vehicle unit, formerly codenamed Chauffeur, has reportedly become an independent company under the Alphabet umbrella. Waymo's new CEO Jon Krafcik made the announcement today at a press conference in California.
As TechCrunch reports, the department constructionς αυτοκινήτων της Google πρόσφατα απέκτησε στελέχη από έμπειρους ηγέτες επιχειρήσεων. Ο Krafcik που προσλήφθηκε φέτος εργαζόταν για τη Hyundai, ενώ ο πρώην CEO των Airbnb και TripAdviser Shaun Stewart προσλήφθηκε επίσης πρόσφατα για να ενισχύσει την team.
With the creation of Waymo, Alphabet seems to be trying to promote new technology in the real world by exploring collaborations with existing automakers instead of trying to completely eliminate the driver-man from the equation.
The move was rather expected, considering Alphabet's raison d'être, which came to split them up functions of Google, but also the delay in promoting self-driving vehicles by regulatory authorities.