Waymo, developed by Autonomous Driving Under the Alphabets, a conglomerate of companies including Google, all the closer to the no-driver transport service who planted the face of giants of the sector already established as Uber, Elevator or Cabify. According to the account Bloomberg, are ready for commercial launch of the first fleet of vehicles serving in Phoenix, Arizona.
This city was chosen because it is the place where Waymo has been working for more than a year with about 400 volunteer families who have received free excursions during this testing phase, and also where their autonomous driving systems have more experience. The first buyers will come from these first users already introduced into the system, finally finishing their confidentiality agreement.
Just the beginning
According to this information, after traveling more than 10 million miles with its autonomous vehicles, Waymo is ready to move to the commercial phase where users pay for the service they receive. That will be done at this time with a fleet of relatively small vehicles Pacific Chrysler, with "a few tens or hundreds of vehicles". Compared to the already solid order of 64,000 Pacific to Chrysler and another 20,000 I-Pace SUVs to Jaguar, of course.
At the beginning of the region Circulation is limited to an area of about 250 square kilometers in the area and some – but less and less – security drivers will be maintained in some task cars such as helping users to climb. As for driving, it is expected to be at least 99.9% autonomous, based on data shared by Waymo with the United States regulatory authorities.
Obviously, the commercial development of the project will not end the testing phase but will in some cases be maintained to test new features. Among them, reduce the number of cars with a backup driver. It is the first commercial program of this kind, of course Wayma wants Avoid bad experiences at all costs to assume the ambiguity of adopting a taxi without a driver, the reason why the adoption and scaling are slow.
No details yet rates with which this service can land, although it is expected to be competitive with other available servicesOf course, once established and capable of removing the security drivers, it is foreseeable that prices will also be reduced.
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