|Waymo’s first product will be its own on-demand ride hailing service |
Posted Nov 7, 2017 by Darrell Etherington ( @etherington
Waymo is firming up some of its plans around its initial go-to-market strategy for its autonomous driving technology. The company has talked about a number of potential applications of self-driving that it might explore in terms of future products, including last mile transit in partnership with cities, consumer vehicle autonomy and even trucking, but at Web Summit today, Waymo CEO John Krafcik confirmed that Waymo’s first focus in terms of commercialization will be deploying a “Waymo driverless service.”
Such a service will probably resemble the current autonomous ride-hailing trial Waymo is running in Chandler, Arizona near Phoenix. For that pilot, select members of the public are able to hail a Waymo self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which then autonomously navigates to their position, picks them up, and brings them on to their destination, all managed from an app. Onboard, there’s a start/stop button, climate controls, displays for monitoring the ride route and a one-click support button for speaking to a live agent.
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