Google’s self-driving unit Waymo resumes driverless robo-taxi for public in Phoenix



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Google’s self-driving unit Waymo resumes driverless robo-taxi for public in Phoenix

Late on Thursday, the Mountain View-based world’s no. 1 internet service provider, Google LLC’s autonomous driving unit Waymo had relaunched and expanded its fully autonomous ride-hailing services for commercial purpose in Phoenix, the Capital city of the US state of Arizona, marking up a rebranding of its effort to transmute years of self-driving vehicle researches into a revenue generating business.

Aside from that, Alphabet Inc.-owned Google’s autonomous driving unit Waymo had said later this week that the autonomous driving unit of Google LLC. would rollout minivan rides with no human attendant in the US city of Phoenix, while in a few weeks, the Mountain View, CA-based Waymo would open up its robo-taxi services to anyone who would seek a ride within a 50-mile radius of Phoenix through its smartphone app.

Waymo rolls out FCA-made Pacifica minivans for robo-taxi services

Notably, speaking in a conference call following Waymo’s resumption of robo-taxi services in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, Waymo Chief Executive John Krafcik was quoted saying that the Google-owned autonomous ride-hailing service provider would expand its services for a larger, 100 square miles of Phoenix city area, while Waymo would be using its London-based Italian-American partner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Pacifica minivans.

While being asked on whether Waymo has plans to span its robo-taxi businesses across other US cities beyond Phoenix, Waymo Chief Executive Krafcik said, “You can imagine we’d love the opportunity to bring the Waymo One driver to our home state of California.

In tandem, while Waymo’s latest move that capitalizes on its autonomous driving technology for commercial purposes, followed a fund-raising campaign of over $3 billion in April this year, the Google-owned ride-hailing service provider Waymo appeared to have strengthen its footings ahead of other rival robo-taxi companies.

Nonetheless, apart from Google’s Waymo, General Motors Co.-backed robo-taxi services provider Cruise has been testing its vehicles in San Francisco. More importantly, in the context of a new-normal pandemic era, FCA had instrumented a technology that would clear the air of a minivan after every ride.