Posted by cageymaru 9:48 AM (CST)
Wednesday December 05, 2018
Waymo has officially launched its commercial self-driving vehicle service called "Waymo One" in the Metro Phoenix area which includes Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert. Initially the service will be available to former testers called "early riders" who will use an app to call the self-driving vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the start of the program, Waymo-trained drivers will ride along to supervise the customer experience. Some early riders are testing fully driverless rides on the service. Up to three adults and a child can fit into the vehicles. Riders will see price estimates before they accept the trip based on factors like the time and distance to their destination. Eventually the general public will be able to experience the autonomous vehicle service as Waymo One rolls out to more areas and adds more vehicles.
Almost 10 years ago, we were founded as the Google self-driving car project to explore one simple question: how can we best use fully self-driving technology to make roads safer? We've been focused on building the world's most experienced driver ever since. There's a long journey ahead, but we believe that Waymo One will make the roads safer and easier for everyone to navigate.