Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car developer, has just announced that it is opening its Uber-like to the general public. The app is called Waymo One and is available on the App Store as well as the Google Play Store. However, there is a good chance that you will not be able to take advantage of it right away: indeed, only visitors from the metropolis of Phoenix (in Arizona) are eligible for the moment. On site, it is possible to reach the business district in this way, even the airport or the surrounding communities of Chandler, Tempe and Mesa.
These are no longer simple tests, but rather a real on-demand service, paying. To order your driverless taxi, simply indicate your geolocation, fill in your bank details and then specify the address where you want to go. No operator will be present with you in the cabin: Waymo has already proven itself and has the necessary authorizations to drive without human supervision. It is possible, as on Bolt or other competing tools, to add a second stop during the trip, for example to drop off a friend on the way.
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On the App Store, early entrants point out a “big step for the automotive revolution” or even an offer that meets their expectations and above all very close to the value proposition seen in its promotional video. We can see a passenger pressing a simple touch screen installed between the two front seats to start the race. Of course, Waymo also specifies that a dedicated support is permanently available in the event of a problem, via its mobile app.
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Waymo also still offers a transport solution similar to san francisco but it remains reserved for handpicked users. In the loop, the Californian authorities in charge of road safety closely monitor the statistics recorded by the vehicles of the Google subsidiary. These are regularly compared with the results of other players in the sector, such as Apple.
If you’re in Phoenix and want to try Google’s self-driving cars, Waymo One is available here for iPhone or here for Android. If it is impossible to download the app on your mobile, this may mean that you need to change your country in the settings. Please note: for the Play Store, this is only possible once a year.