By Meghan Hall
Waymo, the Alphabet Inc.-affiliated self-driving car branch, has solidified its plans for Bay Area expansion with a significant lease in the city of Mountain View. According to an announcement made by the company just before Christmas, the company intends to sublease 170,000 square feet of space from software company Synopsys Inc. The agreement is the second large lease that Waymo has agreed to in recent months and will support a growing number of employees and operations moving forward.
Waymo will lease the entirety of 680 E. Middlefield Rd., which totals, 170,823 square feet of space. Located just a few miles from the Googleplex, the asset is Waymo’s first office outside of Google’s central headquarters. Amenities include fully furnished and wired workstation seating, an executive briefing center, large training rooms and a fitness center. Cafes are located on each of the five floors, and the property also includes both data center and lab improvements.
CBRE’s Executive Vice Presidents Brian Beswick and George Fox leased the property out on behalf of Synopsys.
The company’s lease of 680 E. Middlefield Road follows closely on the heels of another significant lease signed in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. In September, the firm agreed to take 120,000 square feet on Toland Street, leasing the asset from landlord Lift Partners. The property includes 32,000 square feet of warehouse space and 90,000 square feet of land. Waymo leased the asset for eight years. Waymo plans to use its newest site largely for vehicle testing and storage as it continues to grow.
Established in 2009, Waymo has been working on self-driving technology for the past decade as part of Google’s self-driving car project. In March, the company had suspended driving operations as a result of COVID-19 but over the past several months has resumed operations.
As the company continues to expand, Waymo is the first and only company to offer fully autonomous ride-hailing services to the public, according to a recent news release. The company officially launched the driverless taxi service in October of this year. At the time the program was launched, between five to 10 percent of its rides in 2020 were fully driverless. The company expects that 100 percent of its rides will be driverless in the near future.