Waymo’s parent company Alphabet has announced that the company will soon be carrying people in its minivans on public roads without drivers. It is known that the company is running a pilot program in a limited area in Phoenix where it is toting volunteer passengers on its driverless cars. The company had also recently carried some reporters in its driverless cars at its test site in central California.
It is being speculated for a long time about the commercial application of the driverless technology developed by Waymo. The company has got into partnership and investments in the ride-hailing firm Lyft, also it has inked an agreement with AutoNation regarding maintenance of its self-driving vehicles. These steps pointed out that the company might enter into ride-hailing business but now a statement by Krafcik that Waymo will start a service allowing people to hail cars with a mobile app has confirmed that it is not too late when driverless taxis by the company will be seen on the roads.
Waymo, however, lacks the manufacturing capacity and this issue needs to be tackled if the company plans launch driverless taxis. The company has got an agreement with FCA and is in talks with Honda regarding some cooperation, however, it needs to be seen how the company goes with this.