Waymo One, the ride-hailing service that makes use of driverless autos within the suburbs of Phoenix, can now be accessed and booked by way of Google Maps.
This would be the first totally autonomous ride-hailing possibility obtainable within the app, which can roll out first to Android customers, Waymo mentioned Thursday. The staff up not solely brings collectively two Alphabet firms, it indicators Waymo’s push to change into extra seen and accessible to the general public.
Waymo has abut 600 autos in its U.S. fleet. About 300 to 400 of these are within the Phoenix space, however not all of these are used within the driverless Waymo One fleet. The Waymo One service solely makes use of driverless autos, which implies that a security operator shouldn’t be bodily behind the wheel. It additionally implies that if it pops up on Google Maps, customers could be assured that it’ll certainly be driverless. Some autos within the Phoenix space are used for testing. Waymo doesn’t share actual numbers of what number of driverless autos it operates as a part of the service.
The method nonetheless requires a little bit of app hopping. There isn’t a direct solution to entry, e-book, and pay for the Waymo One rides in Google Maps. As a substitute, the consumer is introduced over to the Waymo app to finish the reserving. Customers first should enter instructions to or from a location in Waymo’s Metro Phoenix territory, which incorporates elements of Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, from an Android gadget. As soon as the consumer faucets on the ridesharing or transit tab, they are going to see the estimated value and ETA of their journey with Waymo.
Present Waymo One riders will likely be directed to the Waymo app to e-book the trip, whereas newcomers will likely be taken to the PlayStore to obtain it.