The days of driverless taxis are soon upon us. Google’s Waymo is working on an autonomous taxi fleet which is modeled after the pilot program it currently offers outside of Phoenix, AZ. The fleet won’t just be autonomous, it will genuinely be driverless, with no humans other than the passengers. Imagine using an app to order a ride and not interacting with people at any step of the process.
Waymo will be upping its fleet of autonomous Chrysler Pacific minivans from 100 to 500, as to accommodate for a larger
Waymo had had a rather large issue with Uber in the past months regarding some stolen information on the LiDar technology. The Google company’s progress has effectively put them ahead of Uber, as they’re still working on their autonomous approach for the commercial truck, via Otto. Uber has a small number of autonomous taxis testing out in Pennsylvania, but due to safety and political reasons, their progress is a bit stalled.