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Riding a Waymo self-driving taxi

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Today, Waymo rolls out a driverless taxi service called Waymo One in Arizona. The company has been operating self-driving cars, occasionally without safety drivers behind the wheel, for about a year and half now. The goal is to use all the data they have collected to make Waymo’s autonomous vehicles the safest drivers on the road. Andrew Hawkins went down to Chandler, Arizona for a test ride.

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Date: January 28, 2020

49 thoughts on “Riding a Waymo self-driving taxi

  1. would i pay specifically to ride in a robotaxi? maybe, once. the point is that without the expense of the human driver, autonomous cars are cheaper. ergo, the price should reflect that. if not cheaper than Uber or Lyft, i'd just go with whatever offers the best price/service.

  2. Electronics break. If your TV breaks, you miss a show. Autonomous car malfunctions and heaven help you. And they cannot drive in bad weather like fog. Human drivers need the day to day driving experience so that they can handle the harder driving like in fog or blizzards.

  3. Lidar sensors are very expensive and time consuming to have it work and for auto pilot to work lidar needs to read the whole world around it and it will be time consuming and having to work to do geo fencing around the town or world lidar is good but for veicles to be sold i dont think that will be used and tesla has cars around the world every time they drive the tesla it gathers data and re configure the old ones to the new ones the more tesla is around the globe and driving around it will be safer the more people drive tesla cars the more they become safer becouse of data and tesla shows actual cars when it sees it and actual people when waymo use blue box for cars white circles for people

  4. Self driving car (SDC) is becoming reality with everyday passage and in the not so distant future, the SDC will become norm of the society. In the future, the SDC will be owned by the communities or by the car manufacturers and not by the individuals! This will help not only to free up the capital of owning a car but will also reduce traffic and the pollution. Waymo, as the leader in the SDC technology has a lot on its plate to digest and to deliver!

  5. So many sensors on the Waymo, how does it sync up when you it gets conflicting information (like with the Boeing 737MAX). We can all drive with plain sight behind the windscreen, why need all those sensors? I think teslas concept without lidar is much better — although I think real self driving cars are 10-20+ years away.

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