Waymo launches unmanned vehicles without a test driverOctober 29, 2019
Waymo CEO John Krafchik said the standalone technology firm is now offering certain customers a “Passenger Only” trip to Phoenix, Arizona.
Thus, Waymo began to offer fully automated trips without attendants for some privileged users of the robotic taxi service in Phoenix.
At the same time, it is still unknown when and how quickly Waymo is going to expand services “only for passengers”. According to Krafchik, customers who signed up for automated services have accepted a non-disclosure agreement.
Krafchik also noted that Waymo continues to search for new methods of selling its own technologies, in addition to robotic taxi services.
The company is testing the so-called automated driver for trucks Peterbilt and is going to expand the use of this technology in the field of freight transportation and commercial delivery in the framework of the project called “Husky”.
Waymo emphasized that they were testing their own truck system in Michigan, Arizona, and Georgia. But the company added that current legislation does not allow the use of heavy trucks without a driver.
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