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Waymo expands service space in 2 cities


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Waymo introduced that it’s increasing its service space in each San Francisco and Phoenix. The corporate additionally introduced that it’s now giving totally autonomous, rider-only rides between Downtown Phoenix and the Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport. 

Riders can hail a Waymo robotaxi on the forty fourth Avenue and Washington PHX Sky Practice Station in Downtown Phoenix at any time of day. Waymo beforehand introduced the service in November, however on the time rides would come with an autonomous specialist within the driver’s seat. 

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A map of Waymo’s service space in Downtown Phoenix. | Supply: Waymo

In Downtown Phoenix, Waymo greater than doubled its rider-only service space. The firm started providing rider-only rides to Trusted Testers in Downtown Phoenix in August. 

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A map of Waymo’s service space in San Francisco. | Supply: Waymo

In San Francisco, Waymo can now provide totally autonomous rides in a big portion of town, together with each neighborhood alongside the 17-mile Crosstown Path. Waymo has been providing rides within the metropolis since August 2021, and started providing totally autonomous rides in March 2022

“Our progress in two of the preferred ride-hailing cities within the nation is accelerating,” Saswat Panigrahi, Chief Product Officer at Waymo, stated. “As we add extra neighborhoods and automobiles to our service in San Francisco and Phoenix, we’re excited to convey the security and mobility advantages of round the clock autonomy to extra individuals in additional locations.”

Waymo started as Google’s self-driving automotive venture in 2009. It has greater than 700 automobiles in its fleet, which is made up of a mixture of Jaguar I-PACE EVs, Chrysler Pacific Hybrid minivans and Class 8 vehicles. 

The corporate faces competitors in San Francisco from Cruise, the self-driving unit of GM. Cruise introduced right this moment that it might be increasing its service space within the metropolis to cowl most of San Francisco. 

Nonetheless, simply days in the past, NHTSA introduced that it’s opening an investigation into the autonomous driving system powering Cruise’s robotaxis. In a submitting, NHSTA stated it was concerned about two totally different points that had been reported to the administration that each end result within the robotaxis changing into hazards for others on the highway. 

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