Waymo Takes the Final Step Before Launching Its Self-Driving Car Service

NEARLY A DECADE after beginning life as Google’s self-driving car project—and helping make the idea of driverless cars realWaymo is now the smallest of steps from launching a commercial service: It has members of the public riding in its retrofitted Chrysler Pacifica minivans, with nobody at the wheel.

In a video Waymo CEO John Krafcik debuted Tuesday at South by Southwest, kids look at their phones, teens take selfies, and adults doze off in a Waymo ride—all common enough sights, but ones that no longer rely on having a human up front, turning the wheel and working the pedals.

These were free, trial drives, more rides around town than trips from A to B, and so they don’t quite qualify as the kind of ride-hailing service Waymo plans to launch later this year.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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