Bringing 3D perimeter lidar to partners

For over a decade, Waymo has been developing self-driving technology with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. In the earliest days of our program, we developed our own software, but purchased off-the-shelf sensors to power our self-driving vehicles. As our testing matured, we quickly learned that existing sensors simply didn’t serve our needs. So in 2011, we began developing our own set of sensors from the ground up, including three different types of lidars — the sophisticated sensors that measure distance with pulses of laser light.