TechCrunch contributor Ed Niedemeyer gets a ride in Waymo’s driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, AZ.
In Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, Waymo’s fleet of 600 minivans shuttling people from place to place. Ordering one feels almost exactly like calling a Lyft or Uber, except for one thing: the vans drive themselves.
Alphabet’s Waymo has been testing self-driving vehicles in Arizona since 2017 and we got a look at what it’s like.
Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google Alphabet, is selling the laser-mapping sensors used on its driverless vehicles to other companies.
In the video below, Waymo CEO Tekedra Mawakana discusses the move with Bloomberg’s Caroline Hyde on “Bloomberg Technology.”
I know that after my experience last week, that I am ready for a world of self-driving cars. Oddly enough, just last week, Waymo rolled out a driverless taxi service called Waymo One in Arizona. The company has been operating self-driving cars, occasionally without safety drivers behind the wheel, for about a year and half now.
The goal is to use all the data they have collected to make Waymo’s autonomous vehicles the safest drivers on the road. Andrew Hawkins from The Verge went down to Chandler, Arizona for a test ride.