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Soon after the self-driving Waymo successfully launched and tested its Early Rider program in Phoenix, Arizona, the autonomous car was certified as an autonomous transportation network the same city. That makes the Waymo the first ever driverless vehicle that consumers could use. It initially started the early launch of the Waymo ride-hailing program, where consumers could shop at big names like Walmart and ride-hail a self-driving Waymo vehicle. The success was so great, that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles invested $30 million into upgrading their Chelsea Proving Grounds to test autonomous vehicles for retail, or consumer use. Waymo also bought over 60,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid units from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to expand their fleet to other states. The Waymo launched a robotaxi service in Phoenix, Arizona and its next objective to conquer is California. But before then, the official Waymo ride-hailing app has been made available to about 400 riders participating in the first phase of the program.
Can you imagine that? How easily do we hail a ride today? It’s not like the old days where one had to call a cab or hope there was one passing by. Now, we just need to unlock our smartphone, open an app, pick our destination(s), and a driver will arrive to pick us up. Now take that scenario, but someone’s missing. Only the vehicle shows up – no driver. Say hello to “Waymo One”.
The self-driving autonomous vehicle project, Waymo, is the first self-driving vehicle to get approval as a driverless ride-hailing service. The decision was made in Phoenix, Arizona by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Approved as a Transportation Network Company for the metro area of Phoenix, the Waymo will continue to expand beyond just Phoenix and will aim to have their own driverless ride-hailing service available to consumers around the nation.
Ride-Hailing an Autonomous Car?
Yes, Google/Alphabet Inc., have done wonders with the self-driving Waymo project. Sometime by the end of 2018, according to an anonymous source, Waymo will be launching their own ride-hailing app, just like Uber and Lyft, but it will be the world’s first for a self-driving car service. It starts with consumers in the metro area of Phoenix, Arizona able to use this app, in an area of 100 square-miles, but that’s just the beginning.
Thousands of modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans make up the fleet for the driverless ride-hailing service. Google/Alphabet Inc. actually purchased over 60,000 units of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to expand their self-driving fleet while expanding their testing grounds. By this time in 2019, everyone in the U.S. could get a driverless car to transport them around, and the next goal is to get a permit in Silicon Valley, California.