After years of research and development, driverless cars are about to enter the mainstream in one southwestern city.
Waymo, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, announced it will begin offering driverless taxi rides for certain consumers in the Phoenix area.
Users of the Waymo One ride-hailing service will be able to take rides within a 50-mile radius of the Arizona city.
Waymo says there will be no attendant on board.
The company is expanding a program it halted due to the pandemic, but its move to offer driverless rides to all customers means an advantage over its competitors: it’s actually yielding revenue, compared to others that are still in the testing phase.
Waymo will use Chrysler Pacifica minivans for the robo-taxi service.
Waymo CEO John Krafcik said Fiat Chrysler has engineered a system that is able to flush air from the vans after each ride.