Waymo plans to launch its self-driving car taxi service in Arizona; the project has been relying on early user feedback to streamline and improve the service.
Many riders left objects behind, others have given feedback and tips for the pickup and drop-off procedures, while others have fallen asleep. Approximately four hundred people were accepted into the program that has received more than 20,000 applications.
Waymo Pushing Advanced Autonomous Driving Cars
Waymo is believed to be the most advanced autonomous driving car company. The company is confident that the program will be open to the public near the end of the year.
The company is encouraging riders to take as many trips as possible. People that participated in the test said that they had a great experience, and felt less stress getting to their destinations. They also mention that they didn’t get stuck in traffic and could rest while the car was self-driving.
Self-Driving Cars Great Benefits
There are many benefits of having self-driving cars and Waymo is getting valuable feedback that will improve substantially the way the cars work, the way that people interact with the vehicles, the most common places that people like to go in a self-driving car and what type of information and controls they want in the interior of the vehicle.
Moreover, did I mention that the self-driving car service in Phoenix, Arizona is free for now, and the volunteers can choose where they want to go within is 100 mi.² Area.
Learning From Experiences
Waymo has learned a few things from the experiences. It needs to improve the places designated as pickup entrance at the store otherwise the riders will have to carry the shopping bags through the hot sun to reach a car.
A little chime sound is the most efficient way to wake up sleeping passengers. It needs to figure out the strategy on how it will accommodate people with service animals.
Of course that some rise had some issues, but this is the point of having this experimental phase. The company is going to use the feedback from the users and improve the car design and its behavior.
Expantion Is On Company Plans
Waymo will expand in the future to multiple cities. It has already tested his technology in twenty-five cities across the US. The question that many people have is how much will it cost, and some members of Waymo “Early Rider” program got to see a mockup of the company app that had some fair prices.
Although the firm insisted those numbers are just placeholders, they are very much aligned with the pre-existing services like Lyft and Uber.
Also, this is another indication that the surface is getting closer to launching its autonomous ride-hailing service. Although there are significant advances in the self-driving technology arena.
Americans are getting more afraid of riding in self-driving cars. Especially after Uber accident in which a self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March.
For now, we will keep on the observation the Waymo limited program, that is open only to residents in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area.