Waymo, a self-driving car company of Alphabet, has announced that it will stop selling its own lidars to other companies.
The decision to make lidars available to third-party developers and manufacturers was made in 2019 in an effort to reduce the cost of an important and expensive component of self-driving cars by increasing production volumes.
“We are phasing out our commercial lidar business as we continue to focus on the development and deployment of the Waymo Driver self-driving system by our Waymo One (passenger transportation) and Waymo Via (cargo delivery) divisions,” a Waymo spokesperson said.
The company will continue to develop and release its own lidars, although there is information that it is considering the possibility of involving external suppliers in this process.
Waymo began developing its own set of sensors for self-driving cars, including three types of lidars, from scratch in 2011.