Waymo can now offer fully driverless rides in San Francisco

Waymo can now offer driverless rides to passengers in San Francisco. On Friday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said it had granted Alphabet-owned Waymo a permit to participate in its driverless pilot program, which allows autonomous vehicle (AV) companies to transport passengers in AVs. test without anyone driving.

However, Waymo is still not allowed to charge for these rides. The State of California requires companies to obtain a series of additional permits from the CPUC and the Department of Motor Vehicles before they can charge for driverless rides. Waymo just needs to get the driverless deployment permit from the CPUC to fully launch its robotaxi service, as it already received DMV approval to charge for driverless rides earlier this week.

Now that Waymo has been approved for driverless rides, it means the company’s AVs can pick up and drop off passengers in San Francisco, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Waymo says it is opening driverless rides to the public in the “coming weeks”.

According to the CPUC, Waymo rides can take place at any time of the day or night, and its vehicles can travel at speeds of up to 65 mph. And while AV vehicles typically struggle to operate in poor weather conditions, Waymo is working to solve this problem by collecting data about different conditions and then using that to inform its driverless system.


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