Waymo is using a number of car manufacturers as suppliers for the vehicles it will be using for its services – Chrysler and Jaguar among them – and this facility will likely be used for the build of the autonomous systems and their integration with the cars.
According to Detroit News, Waymo will have the facility up and running by 2021, with at least 100 employees working there. By 2025, another 300 are likely to join them.
At the opposite end, Apple’s self-driving car project, Titan, is still fighting for air. Barely acknowledged publicly by the technology company, Titan has had problems before, but this time they seem a bit more serious than the ones of 2016.
As per Apple Insider, citing a source close to the matter, Project Titan will have to make do with 200 fewer people, after a series of layoffs that allegedly took place this week.
Just like Waymo, Apple too is not in the car making business. The few cars that people have seen and believe to involved in the project are Lexus SUVs.
Just like in 2018, we expect this year to see a bunch of news related to the self-driving car industry, but despite the big investments and high hopes, it’s unlikely we’ll actually see such vehicles on public roads anytime soon.