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Waymo begins offering public driverless rides, another step in the long march to robotaxis

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October 16, 2020
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October 16, 2020
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Waymo has offered ride-hailing services through two programs: its early rider program and Waymo One. Until now, all driverless rides have occurred through its early rider program, where individuals are screened and sign NDAs. This latest announcement will see the public use driverless cars in a commercial robotaxi operation for the first time; however, clients should note that the scale of this operation will start small, and the company will still include safety drivers in many of its rides. Clients should not interpret this announcement as a breakthrough in self-driving technology but note it as an important step toward a self-driving service that demonstrates that Waymo remains a leader in the space.

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