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17 October 2019

Waymo may operate AVs in Phoenix ‘without safety driver’

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

Ride-hailing company Waymo may be about to start operating fully-autonomous vehicles (AVs) to pick people up - without a safety driver.

An email sent to users, which appeared on Reddit, said people in Phoenix, Arizona, who were matched with an AV will see a notification in the app that confirms the car will not have a trained driver.

Users can tap a ‘What to Expect’ button within the app to learn more about the AVs. They can also communicate with a rider support agent at any part of the trip via the app or the car’s help button, the company adds. Earlier this year, Waymo deployed 10 AVs on Lyft’s platform to operate in the Metro Phoenix area.

In a separate announcement, the company said via Twitter that it has deployed AVs in Los Angeles to explore “how Waymo’s tech might fit into LA’s dynamic transportation environment”.

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