Waymo has reached a step closer to launch its self-driving taxis. The company has got permission from the Arizona Department of Transportation to operate as a Transportation Network Company. Bloomberg disclosed this in a report quoting Ryan Harding, a spokesperson of the state agency.
With this permission, the company can now pick up and drop off riders in Arizona on its fleet of self-driving cars. The rides can be booked through a smartphone app or website, as in case of Uber, Grab, Lyft, Ola etc.
The report says Waymo will launch its commercial service soon in Phoenix this year. Phoenix is the place where the company has been testing its autonomous cars of late. Waymo was also offering the residents free rides in its driverless cars. It is also known that Waymo had recently ordered ‘thousands’ of self-driving Pacifica minivans from FCA.
Whenever Waymo launches its Robotaxis– which seems very soon– it will be a major step in the direction of smart mobility and will change the way humans travel. There are other companies like Uber, Lyft a GM that may also follow Waymo to launch their Robotaxi services as these companies have also been working on it.