A number of companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, but very few are offering the public a chance to experience these vehicles. That’s where Waymo comes in.
Waymo hasto residents in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The program will see “hundreds” of people given access to Waymo’s fleet of self-driving minivans. Participants can call on them for whatever they need, whenever they need it — no matter if it’s a grocery run, taking the kids to soccer practice or just heading over to a friend’s.
While the program is public knowledge now, Waymo was operating a smaller pilot program unbeknownst to anyone. For the last two months, Waymo let a select few Phoenix residents make use of the autonomous Chrysler Pacificas. Since that seemed to be a success, it’s expanding to include more members of the public.
Waymo to offer public trials for its self-driving minivans – CNET