Waymo Will Debut Driverless Cars Within "A Few Months"

Waymo Will Debut Driverless Cars Within

Waymo Will Debut Driverless Cars Within "A Few Months"

After nearly a decade, Google's parent company Alphabet is getting closer to fulfilling its promise of rolling out cars that can take anyone anywhere without a driver behind the wheel. Initially, they will be accompanied in the back of the vehicle by a Waymo employee, but once Waymo allows the public to travel alone an emergency stop button will be fitted to the test vehicles.

Waymo CEO John Krafick shared the company's milestone during a speech at the Lisbon Web Summit. Now, in an area of the Phoenix metro region, a subset of our fleet will operate in fully autonomous mode, with Waymo as the sole driver.

"Starting now, Waymo's fully self-driving vehicles - our safest, most advanced vehicles on the road today - are test-driving on public roads, without anyone in the driver's seat", the company writes. Waymo has been testing the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans on public roads in Chandler since 2016. Its Early Rider Program has given riders in the Phoenix the chance to try Waymo's automated ride-sharing service for themselves, though with a human driver behind the wheel ready to take control if needed.

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny strongly supports Waymo's testing in his city. The vehicle in use was the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, which was developed in Novi, Michigan and manufactured in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

During the early phases of trialling the company's autonomous systems, the newspaper says, test drivers were "falling asleep at the wheel while at 55mph on a motorway". (The company declined to specify how many cars would be operating without a safety driver behind the wheel.) But it does mean Waymo's promise of a driverless future is one step closer to being realized.

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The company said in an October 26 news release it would begin testing its self-driving cars on public roads in the Novi, Michigan area in the "next few weeks".

Abuelsamid added that Waymo chose Phoenix because Waymo is aware its system isn't ready for inclement weather like rain, snow or sleet.

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Krafic said on stage that Waymo is "now working on making this commercial service available to the public", and that "getting access will be as easy as using an app".

With over eight years of testing under its belt, Waymo is a pioneer of self-driving technology and has tested its system in six states, the latest being MI. Google's self-driving auto project started in 2009 in the tech giant's secret "X" lab under the company's co-founder Sergey Brin.

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