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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Fully Driverless Ride Hailing Begins in AZ with Waymo

In Arizona.  Could be a lead in to broad use of fully driverless vehicles.  Consider the data being gathered and leveraged for use.

Waymo Begins Fully Driverless Rides for All Arizona Customers   In Bloomberg  By Ira BoudwayOctober 8, 2020

Self-driving car company Waymo announced on Thursday that it has opened its fully driverless ride-hailing service in suburban Phoenix, AZ, to the public. Existing Waymo One customers will be able to hail a driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivan from a fleet of over 300 such vehicles; service will be limited to an approximately 50-square-mile area. Waymo intends to extend the service to new customers in a few weeks, and CEO John Krafcik said by then, "we'll have general access to anyone who chooses to download the [Waymo One] app." The company also plans to reinstate safety drivers for some trips, but will not allow passengers in vehicles with safety drivers until it has installed barriers between the front and back seats.  ... " 

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