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Waymo: Driverless Car Testing in Phoenix

November 8, 2017 0 Comments

Self-driving cars have been tested on city streets for several years now; however, Google’s Waymo is now testing  autonomous vehicles sans a human driver.

According to the New York Times, Waymo has started to test self-driving cars without a precautionary driver. For the time being, the driverless vehicles still have an engineer sitting in the backseat monitoring, but not controlling, the vehicle. The move comes after Google has spent millions of miles testing self-driving vehicles that have always had a backup emergency driver available just in case the vehicle got into trouble. The tests, which began in October of this year, are being conducted in the Phoenix, Arizona, metro area.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik, spoke about this new testing development, saying in part, “Our ultimate goal is to bring our fully self-driving technology to more cities in the U.S. and around the world. Fully self-driving cars are here.”

What reception do you think consumers will give self-driving vehicles being tested without an emergency driver? What could this decision by Waymo mean for the future of self-driving cars?

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