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If you want to ride in Waymo’s self-driving cars, move to Phoenix

Some folks are using Waymo autonomous vehicles right now. Passenger pickups are coming.

If you want to ride in Waymo’s self-driving cars, move to Phoenix
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The futuristic vehicles we once knew as Google self-driving cars are now the property of a stand-alone Alphabet unit called Waymo. But Google’s I/O conference here in Mountain View is featuring a section on Waymo news and advancements.

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Waymo CEO John Krafcik showed a video of people who live in Phoenix and are part of an early-passenger program that lets them do everyday travel in autonomous Waymos right now, such as an elderly couple and a woman who never got a driver’s license. Krafcik also said that Waymo will begin testing a passenger-pickup program in Phoenix later this year—a meaningful step on the way to the possible future where we all get around by hailing a car that drives itself.

About the author

Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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