Google and the Auto Industry
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- Google had the most investment in autonomous vehicles of any Big Tech company.
- VSI Labs said “no company has more in the game than Google (Waymo) with massive fleets, deployments, investments and software expertise.”
- Google’s Android operating system was widespread in cars, with a Berylls analysis showing that within a few years of 2020, Google’s smartphone mirroring extended to some 80% of global car sales.
- Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving project, which became independent under Alphabet in 2017, was in talks in June 2021 to raise as much as $4 billion to accelerate AV efforts. In 2020, Waymo tested self-driving trucks in New Mexico and Texas.