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Waymo will test robotaxis on Phoenix roadways.

Later this month, Waymo will begin highway testing of its autonomous passenger cars, a milestone that might lead to extended commercial operations.

The business said Monday that its autonomous Jaguar I-Pace SUVs would start transporting workers around Phoenix’s highways in a few weeks following a year of testing with an operator. The business claims driverless highway service would ultimately be accessible to normal consumers, although it didn’t provide a date.

Bringing its driverless vehicles onto the roadway is Waymo’s next important move, particularly in Phoenix. The business added Phoenix airport curbside drop-off and pickup in December. Waymo added its driverless cars to Uber a few months earlier.

As Cruise struggles to catch up, Waymo has taken these measures. After a robotaxi dragged a pedestrian in October, the GM autonomous car division laid off 25% of its personnel and fired many executives.

Waymo’s development hasn’t been linear. Last year, the business abandoned autonomous transportation to concentrate on ride-hailing. The business said Monday that insights from the extensive trucking project testing, most of which took place in Arizona, are helping it launch its highway passenger car program.

Eltrys Team
Author: Eltrys Team

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