A very interesting article here:
In my hopefully incorrect view, Google is making the same mistake that Microsoft made; it is purchasing companies only to stifle them. This has now happened with a number of promising companies, with a notable local example: BufferBox.
After the division’s tumultuous year, a cofounder of Google Robotics just left to work at Toyota.
Source: James Kuffner joins Toyota from Google Robotics – Business Insider
Sadly it looks like Google (or Alphabet now) has bitten off more than it can chew with its robotics division. Multiple leaders of the group have moved on, and so far no large public project has been shown. Please Google, PLEASE learn the lessons that Microsoft had to learn the hard way in the 90-00s.