waymo: Alphabet’s Waymo to test driverless ride-hailing services in US

Google‘s self-driving unit Waymo has announced that it will start its “driverless rides” pilot programme in San Francisco in the coming weeks.

The company has received a permit for its driverless pilot programme from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which allows autonomous vehicle (AV) companies to take passengers in test AVs without a driver, reports said.

However, self-driving units are still prohibited from charging for rides.

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Waymo already received approval from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to charge for autonomous rides earlier this week. It simply needs to obtain driverless deployment authorization from the CPUC to officially begin its driverless service.

In March this year, the company was reportedly planning to start offering rides in its fully autonomous vehicles — without human safety drivers behind the wheel — in San Francisco.

The Google spinoff had said that its driver-less vehicles were only available to employees but would soon grow to include members of the company’s “Trusted Tester” programme.


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