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A Few Leaders Have Emerged from the Pack

The checkered flag hasn’t come out yet, but in the race to start the world's first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo.

The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, by at least a year to introduce driverless cars to the public. A deal reached in January to buy thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which are kitted out with sensors that can see hundreds of yards in any direction, puts Waymo's lead into stark relief. No other company is offering for-hire rides yet, let alone preparing to carry passengers in more than one city this year.

Read the full Los Angeles Times article