Waymo starts on the road autonomous taxi. In general, without drivers
It is not a secret that a long time on some roads being tested unmanned vehicles. In this popular services commissioned by taxi even it provides an opportunity to use unmanned transport. However, at the moment of unmanned taxis are not really unmanned, because for security reasons they involve people in order to prevent an emergency, if suddenly there. But quite a large company Waymo goes further and produces a taxi on the road without a driver.
Fully unmanned taxi - is already a reality
As the editors of the publication Techcrunch, Waymo, automotive division Alphabet, started sending their customers e-mails. The letter said that very soon when ordering a taxi in their next trip can not be the driver for security. From this we can conclude that the company was finally able to reach an agreement with the authorities to provide adequate security for its autonomous cars.
So far, during the test operation of an unmanned vehicle on the roads of the Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, as well as after the full launch of the service of unmanned taxis (which are mainly, by the way, are the modified minivans Chrysler Pacifica) driving a car always sat autopilot control drivers. But soon the need for them will disappear. If the client will get a fully unmanned machine, he will see a special notification in Waymo application. Original letters you can see in the illustration below. By the way, how do you feel about the unmanned car? Write about it in our chat in the Telegram.
Text of the letter, which sends its customers Waymo
Waymo company first started testing its technology in 2009 in Mountain View, California. Since then the company has expanded its test area to other cities, has launched his own business and began to develop their own devices to equip them unmanned cars. In 2016, it opened a research center in Arizona, which is engaged in the development and improvement of technology, and in the year 2017 the first passengers used the services of independent taxis. In December last year the company launched Waymo One - a commercial self-service taxi. Thus, in just 10 years, a little at the beginning of its path startup has changed the entire automotive industry.
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The introduction of unmanned vehicles is an important milestone for the company and the industry as a whole. Already Waymo leadership appealed to the US Department of Transportation proposal to change the mandatory requirements for vehicle equipment. In particular, the company wants to abandon built into the design of the car steering wheel and pedals to fully trust the automation control. But it's the future of the case. At present, the number of questions remain. For example, it is not clear what will set Waymo restrictions on travel without a driver, and whether it will set. It is likely that the service will operate in a "more simple" conditions such as sparsely populated areas, avoiding the difficult areas and highways to ensure the safety of passengers.