Alphabet’s Waymo to stop selling lidar self-driving car sensors

A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid self-driving vehicle is parked and displayed during a demonstration in Chandler, Arizona, November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin O’Hara

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) self-driving unit Waymo said on Thursday that it has ended a two-year effort to sell light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors to other companies.

This is a reversal from its earlier strategy to sell the lidars to non-automotive customers to bring down costs of a key and expensive component of self-driving cars.

“We’re winding down our commercial lidar business as we maintain our focus on developing and deploying our

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