Arizona DOT approves Waymo’s driverless ride-hailing service
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2018-02-19
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Arizona DOT approves Waymo’s driverless ride-hailing service

Waymo, a division of Google’s parent firm Alphabet Inc., has received the approval from the Arizona State Department of Transport for operating as a transportation network firm. One of the key officials of the firm has stated that this decision will help Waymo’s fleet of driverless minivans to pick & drop paying passengers through a smartphone app or a web portal.

Last year, Waymo had initiated a free of charge “early rider program” in the state to encourage users of the Waymo app for hailing & using cars within a 100-square mile distance. In November 2017, the firm apparently commenced its driverless car testing program in various areas of the city.

For the uninitiated, Waymo had announced that it had made an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, one of the key industry players across the car manufacturing sector last year. The agreement focused on shipping a large consignment of Pacific Minivans for autonomous driving, thereby adding to the current minivan fleet of 600 cars.

According to Quartz, Waymo is trying to test its self-driving minivans in five states of the U.S. Sources claim that Waymo is trying to expand its car ride-sharing business through the manufacture of autonomous vehicles. The firm in fact, has also claimed that it has been testing its new driverless car system in the Phoenix region since April 2017 for helping passengers in car-hailing through the app.

Waymo has reportedly announced that though the availability of self-driving cars is slightly lesser, its network will have the capability of reaching maximum passengers. Industry analysts believe that the strategic move is expected to prompt its business rivals such as Lyft Inc., General Motors, and Uber to follow suit.

Waymo’s new driverless car technology will be helpful in addressing the public transport issues of the people working in cities, experts believe. Ride-hailing firm Uber has added in its two cents, claiming that to remain in competition, it will have to increase its focus on manufacturing self-driving cars as well.



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