We don’t expect projects to stay in X forever, nor do we want them to. And just as there’s no set formula to solve the challenges facing each team, there is no set graduation path. Graduating from X can lead to being incorporated into a standalone business, folding into another Alphabet company, or even being acquired. Having this flexibility allows us to determine what’s best for each project so it can succeed in the real world.
WaymoThe self-driving car project started in 2009 to develop technology that could make our roads safer and improve mobility for everyone. In October 2015, the team completed the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads in a car without a steering wheel, pedals or test driver. The project graduated from X and is now Waymo, an independent Alphabet company.
Google[x] Life Sciences was created to help shift healthcare from reactive to proactive through initiatives such as the Smart Contact Lens, the Baseline Project, and Nanodiagnostics. The project is now Verily, a separate company within Alphabet.
Glass aimed to create the next mobile computing and communications platform: a head-mounted networked computer and display that is stylish and comfortable to wear. The project, now known as Aura, is a separate group within Google.
Gcam improved mobile photography using techniques from computational photography. The project is now a part of Google Research.
Google WatchGoogle Watch created technologies that were critical to the development of what is now Android Wear. The project is now a part of Android.
Project Insight’s mission was to provide navigation to locations of interest in public indoor spaces. The project is now a part of Google Maps.
Google Brain enables revolutionary advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and allows computers to understand images, audio, and text inspired by some of what we know about the human brain. The project is now a part of the Research team at Google.
Flux was created to meet the world’s demand for high-quality, sustainable buildings by providing a big-data-powered building platform to improve how buildings are designed, built, and maintained. The project is now an independent company.
Project Tango developed spatial perception technologies, allowing mobile devices to know where they are and how they move through space through the use of advanced computer vision, image processing, and special vision sensors. The project is now a part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.