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Waymo, Self - Driving unit of Alphabet, announced it will be opening up its Fully driverless vehicles to all customers of its ride - hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, companies only allowed to select a few people. Now, over a thousand people will get to ride in Waymo vehicles without a human safety driver in the front seat. Waymo has been testing its vehicles in the Phoenix Area since early 2017. Its Self - Driving cars operate in an approximately 100 - square - mile service area that includes towns Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Tempe, though its fully driverless cars are restricted to area that is half that size. In late 2018, company launched a limited public ride - hailing service called Waymo One, but the only customers to get access were people who had first been vetted through Waymos early rider program of beta testers. Waymo says it has around 1 500 monthly active users from both programs, same number it reported in December 2019. Previously, only members of Waymos early rider program were allowed to ride in companys driverless vehicles. Those people sign nondisclosure agreements with companies in order to gain access to early versions of Waymos technology. This bars them from speaking publicly when, say, one of their trips goes off course. Waymo wo say how many people or how many trips its Fully driverless vehicles have made so far. To start out, company plans to offer fully driverless trips to Waymo One customers only though those people can bring friends and family along for the ride, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in a blog post. Over the next several weeks, more people will be invited to sign up for Waymo One. Companies also plan to add in - vehicle barriers between the front row of seats and the rear passenger cabin. Then it will be re - introducing rides with trained vehicle operator,s which will add capacity and allow the US to serve larger geographical area,ss he say. Vehicles will also be cleaned more frequently due to the COVID - 19 pandemic. Companies ' health and safety guidelines are outlined here. In the near term, 100% of our rides will be fully driverless, Krafcik say, but he did provide an exact timeline. We expect our new Fully driverless service to be very popular, and were thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to meet demand. These driverless vehicles are totally alone in the wilderness. Waymo has a team of remote employees who watch real - time feeds of each vehicle eight cameras and can help, with the push of a button, if software runs into a difficult spot and needs the human eye to figure out what is going on. But Waymo insists these remote operators will be joy - sticking cars, which are outfitted with a bevy of cameras and sensors that help them see their surroundings. The car will be making most of driving decisions itself thanks to its large computer system and Artificial Intelligence software.

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A pandemic pause

Waymo has extended partial suspension of its autonomous vehicle service pilots to include fully driverless vehicle testing, company confirmed on Friday. While Alphabet - own Waymo had already stopped operation of autonomous driving vehicles in its fleet that have safety drivers on board, in the interest of minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus, it was still going to go ahead with rides in its fully driverless test vehicles. These fully driverless vehicles are used in its Phoenix pilot program for public ride - hailing customers, as well as for its local delivery services. The Company's decision to cease even these operations likely reflects the consistently heightened nature of the COVID - 19 situation in the US, which has resulted in increasingly strict travel and working restrictions across various States since Waymo made its original decision on Tuesday. Along with Waymo, other companies that have paused their AV testing include Cruise, Argo AI, pony. Ai, Uber and others.

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Competitive pricing

Waymo, Alphabet's self - driving company, is getting into the package - delivery business, company announced in a Wednesday blog post. Our self - driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will shuttle packages from UPS Stores in Metro Phoenix Area to UPS Tempe hub, chief Operating Officer Tekedra Mawakana write. Initially, Waymo will have a safety driver behind the wheel of each vehicle carrying packages. Importantly, Waymo is not going to start delivering UPS packages directly to customersa, job that would require human delivery person to carry package to the customer's front door. Several startups, including Nuro and Udelv, are building custom delivery vehicles that will be designed for making deliveries directly to customers. These firms have focused on on - demand deliveries of perishable items like pizza and groceriesnot, UPS - style package deliveries. In contrast, Waymo will be carrying packages between UPS facilities, where UPS employees can handle loading and unloading steps at each end. Of course, two companies could eventually expand their partnership to include other types of deliveries. Waymo has been exploring a range of applications and business models for its self - driving technology. The company has been testing self - driving semi trucks for the last two years. And it has had a variety of partnerships in the Phoenix Area. These included deals with Walmart, AutoNation, and Valley Metro, agency that runs the Phoenix Area's bus and light rail systems. At the same time, Waymo has been struggling to scale up its flagship taxi service, Waymo One. The service was supposed to be launched as a public, driverless service by the end of 2018. But Waymo missed that deadline, launching a service with safety drivers that was initially only open to a handful of people. Waymo recently told customers to get ready for fully driverless rides, but how many of Waymo's vehicles are actually operating in driverless mode remains unclear. That matters because none of Waymo's services are likely to be profitable until Waymo can operate at large scale without safe drivers. Competitors like Uber are already offering rides and delivering food using human driversand their cars aren't full of expensive self - driving equipment. So Waymo won't be price - competitive as long as there are human beings behind the wheels of its cars.

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