Waymo, a Google Alphabet company, is one of the pioneers of autonomous driving technology. On December 5th, 2018, the company started a taxi service called Waymo One in Phoenix, Arizona that is completely operated by computers. The taxis are driverless. Well, almost, because a supervisor is sitting on the driver’s seat, ready to take control if required. Eventually, Waymo taxis are planned to drive without a human supervisor on board.
The driverless taxi service is available for a dedicated test group at the moment. All customers need is the Waymo One app to request a taxi to pick them up. After the starting point, destination and the price have been confirmed, a white Waymo vehicle will appear to the agreed spot.
At the back seat, passengers can follow how the autonomous vehicle sees the traffic and makes decisions based on the environment and events around it. A tablet attached at the back of the front seat displays this information.
Waymo anticipates passengers to have plenty of questions during the ride, and has a support center with real people to answer all the questions. The support center can be contacted via the application.
Waymo is confident that their self-driving system is better than any competing system. The company says they have 10 million miles worth of self-driving experience already, and they continue to collect more data that is used for teaching the autonomous driving system.
Members of the test group who have been able to take a ride in Waymo’s driverless taxi have been happy about the quiet ride in Waymo’s hybrid vehicle.
The Verge reporter Andrew Hawkins took a test ride in a self-driving Waymo taxi, and talked with the technology developer about the way it works. View the video below:
An introductory video to the driverless taxi by Waymo:
Via The Next Web.