Waymo Tests Autonomous Vans Without Human Drivers In Chandler

Published: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 8:16am
Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat.

The move by Waymo started Oct. 19 with an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona.

It's a major step toward vehicles driving themselves without human backups on public roads.

The company also said it would launch a ride service to compete with Uber and Lyft.

Waymo next plans to offer a driverless taxi service in the Phoenix metro area as its first product.

Timothy Lee has written about this. He covers technology policy and the future of transportation for Ars Technica.

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