Waymo’s first product will be its own on demand ride hailing service

Waymo’s first product will be its own on-demand ride hailing service

Waymo is firming upward some of its plans around the initial go-to-market strategy for its autonomous driving technology. The company has discussed a number of potential applications of self-driving that it might explore in terms of long term products, including last mile transportation in partnership with cities, consumer vehicle autonomy and even trucking, but at Internet Summit today, Waymo CEO Ruben Krafcik confirmed that Waymo’s 1st focus in terms of commercialization will be implementing a “Waymo driverless service.”

Such a service will most likely resemble the current autonomous ride-hailing demo Waymo is running in Chandler, Az near Phoenix. For that pilot, choose members of the public are able to hail a Waymo self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which in turn autonomously navigates to their position, recommendations them up, and brings all of them on to their destination, all maintained from an app. Onboard, there’s a start/stop button, climate handles, displays for monitoring the trip route and an one-click support key for speaking to a live realtor.

Krafic said on stage that will Waymo is “now working on making this commercial service available to the public,” and that “getting access will be as easy as using an app.” The service will send Waymo automobiles to riders on demand, without having anyone at all on board, which will make sure that riders “have [their] own personal areas where [they] can set back plus relax, according to Krafcik.

The decision to go with this driverless hailing service as an initial go-to-market providing makes sense, since Waymo has already committed to a decent-sized fleet of Pacifica vehicles equipped with its latest self-driving hardware sensors and computing devices. The vans themselves are well-suited towards the purpose, too, with spacious, comfy interiors and cabin comfort plus media controls available to rear chair passengers via stock trim within the Pacifica Waymo is using.

Waymo is also in the process off increasing the fleet by 500 vehicles, contributing to the 100 it currently offers in testing.

At a current press event at Waymo’s Fortress proving grounds for its autonomous technology, Krafcik said that the Alphabet business is open to a wide range of potential versions and deployments for its products, great we know the way many people will get to see them first.

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