With a Waymo engineer commuting between home and office, the Alphabet affiliate officially launched its self-driving taxi service in San Francisco, California. The journey was made in the city aboard a Jaguar I-Pace without a driver behind the wheel.
The operations in the Californian metropolis are added to those carried out in Arizona, which accumulates “thousands of users” of the Waymo One service, the company highlighted.
Tekedra Mawakana, co-CEO of the firm, also highlighted that San Francisco is one of the cities that many of the team call “home”, so the ad It has a special component. “We’ve learned a lot from testing over the past six months, not to mention countless lessons from our drivers in the years since we launched our fully autonomous service in the East Valley of Phoenix,” he said.
But there is not only good news for California, because the offer in the metropolitan area of the capital of Arizona will be added to the expansion to the center of the city. “As we have done before, we will start with Waymo employees on the road with autonomy specialists behind the wheel, with the goal of opening it to the public shortly thereafter through the Trusted Tester program,” Mawakana said.
The subsidiary of Google’s parent company highlighted that this is the first time that a company has carried out completely autonomous transport operations simultaneously in several cities.
“The combination of our experience in San Francisco and the East Valley, based on millions of miles of real-world driving and reinforced by billions of miles driven in simulation, is already guiding our progress in downtown Phoenix and preparing us for future expansion,” said Dmitri Dolgov, also co-CEO of Waymo.