But How Does Waymo Develop its Autonomous Cars?

But How Does Waymo Develop its Autonomous Cars?

Independent vehicle technologies are not well described in detail, as each manufacturer tries to maintain a certain amount of secrecy. However, we know a little bit more about how Waymo tests his own cars.

An article published on August 23 in The Atlantic Daily, a wealth of information was released on the Waymo project being developed by Alphabet. It is a question of a secret place where the vehicles are tested as well as a special software integrated with these same vehicles.

At Alphabet, a team is working on Carcraft, a software to represent the real world in a virtual way in order to give maximum possibilities to the Waymo Autonomous Car.

James Stout(creator), says that “the vast majority of the work done with motivated by things seen in the simulation”. While this software was originally a simple way to reproduce scenes that had already taken place in public traffic, the latter has become one of the keys to Waymo’s development.

The Atlantic says that nearly 25,000 stand-alone cars are traveling on virtual roads by comparing various test scenarios for a total of 13 million kilometers already completed. The place where these tests take place is none other than Castle, a place kept secret by the creators. Indeed, it is impossible to know where this fictitious city is located without having its GPS coordinates. In short, there is no trace of it on the cards!

The place where these tests take place is none other than Castle, a place kept secret by the creators. Indeed, it is impossible to know where this fictitious city is located without having its GPS coordinates. In short, there is no trace of it on the cards!

It turns out that the US newspaper has obtained valuable information since it indicates that the city in question. It would be near to Merced, about 200 kilometers from Sacramento, California. If the Carcraft software has its name inspired by the Warcraft video game, the base Castle has its own proximity to the Castle Air Force.( A former military base)

Therefore, The Waymo project uses this location to shape virtual environments based on its research and develops multiple scenarios and possible outcomes. Here, cars are themselves equipped with a memory capable of storing data enabling them to create environments and scenarios.

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