Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle (AV) division has ordered thousands of Fiat Chrysler minivans equipped with their “LiDAR” technology. This came after they already purchased 600 Chrysler hybrid minivans in the last two years. Waymo has currently got AV’s testing on roads in 25 cities around the US and is leading the AV battle for first official AV supremacy.
Waymo is also embroiled in a $1.86 billion damage suit against Uber, claiming that Uber and Otomoto founder (ex Waymo engineer) orchestrated the theft of 14,000 documents, that was used to jump-start the Uber AV division in direct competition with Waymo.
The current state of AV investment shows Alphabet in partnership with Lyft, while Uber goes ahead alone but backed by SoftBank.