Waymo has been implementing different versions or stages of self-driving technology for years, originally more directly under the Google umbrella. Now they are fully geared up to open for the public.
Additionally, Waymo has indicated that all 100% of its fleet in the Phoenix area is now being operated as fully electric robotaxis.
In their press release they stated, “In the near term, 100% of our rides will be fully driverless. We expect our new fully driverless service to be very popular, and we’re thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to serve demand.”
“Later this year, after we’ve finished adding in-vehicle barriers between the front row and the rear passenger cabin for in-vehicle hygiene and safety, we’ll also be re-introducing rides with a trained vehicle operator, which will add capacity and allow us to serve a larger geographical area,” the statement added.
In 2017, they began early rider program in the Metro Phoenix area with the next generation of our technology, using the full-size hybrid Chrysler Pacifica.
This 4th-generation Waymo Driver was significantly more sophisticated than Firefly’s technology, and for the last year, they have pioneered fully driverless, paid rides on high-speed roads across a service area larger than the city of San Francisco.
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