New self-driving rideshare, Waymo, launches in San Francisco.
The company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that Waymo will provide the public with self-driving Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicles. These vehicles will operate in San Francisco as part of Waymo’s so-called “Trusted Tester” program.
The company stated that passengers will be able to call I-Pace using the Waymo One app and will be asked to share their feedback on the experience. Waymo also confirmed that there will be an “autonomous expert” in the car every time it travels. Waymo has been testing vehicles on public roads in the San Francisco Bay Area for 12 years and began to provide ride-hailing services to employees in the area earlier this year, but this is the first time that the general public has been able to use the self-driving Waymo to travel in a city. car.
Therefore, although San Francisco is one of Waymo’s initial testing grounds, it is a bit behind the Greater Phoenix area in terms of the commercialization of self-driving cars. . Waymo began to provide ride services to Phoenix residents in 2017. Waymo started using Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, but I-Pace joined the fleet in 2018. This marks the return of all-electric vehicles to the fleet after the retirement of Waymo’s customized models. They designed electric cars, but they were eliminated in order to make way for Pacificas.
Recent studies have shown that Americans are not very confident in self-driving cars and do not care much about the brands of self-driving cars, but this has not stopped Waymo. Waymo and other companies trying to commercialize GM’s Cruise technology said it plans to begin accepting passengers soon. The start-up shifted to General Motors has used the Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback for testing, but plans to launch a specially designed electric car called Origin, which will use GM’s Ultium modular battery system and will be used in the automaker’s Zero factory manufacturing.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the value of the company’s vehicles will rise in the future, activating them into a fleet of autonomous robotic taxis, thereby pushing up the company’s stock price. However, it is unclear whether Tesla can fulfill this promise.