(VIDEO) First fully driverless taxis shuttle Phoenix patrons eerily, competently


Isn't the future terrifying awesome?

Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has begun to release its fleet of AI overlords driverless cars in Phoenix, Arizona with no human observers. This fleet of cars will be the first to service public citizens with no human aid. At first, there will be Waymo employees in the back seat observing the cars driving behavior, but in the following months, patrons will have the option to ride in completely driverless taxis.

With the likes of Apple, Tesla, and countless others looking to invade the incipient "smart car" space, Waymo chose to enter first into the driverless taxi service. Modifying Chrysler Pacifica's and, for the last year, allowing them to drive around Phoenix's metropolitan area with human pilots, the company now begins the transition to fully driverless taxis. Aiding these taxis are a number of sensors, extremely detailed 3D maps of the area, and the Arizona city's near-ideal driving conditions. For now, these taxi's can drive only within a section of Phoenix that is particularly easy to drive in, due to the almost-always sunny skies and low traffic. The idea here is to give the cars a small area in which to drive and learn intimately, and later on expand to bigger, more populated areas of Phoenix. Waymo then hopes to take this show to other, colder metropolitan areas throughout the country, recently expanding testing to Detroit, Michigan.

While certainly jarring at first, the video shows cars driving human passengers competently and safely with no input from the skinned-breathers. Like many new technologies, Waymo, and others, are counting on the public getting used to such sights and conveniences, just as the citizens of Phoenix have.

source: Arstechnica

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12 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"With the likes of Apple, Tesla, and countless others.." And what did apple contribute in smart car development? nothing? (spreading rumor doesnt count)

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is iPhoneArena. What were you expecting. They have to add Apple to everything. Even though Google was working on driverless vehicles back in 2009 as a moonshot project. I like Waymos technology because they are using LiDAR. Something that Tesla's vehicles are currently not using, and it's one of the reasons why Tesla's vehicles are not fully autonomous.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Zero point zero...

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I notice one thing when I look at stori a not really about apple. I veryone complains about Apple still.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Check this article source (https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/11/fully-driverless-cars-are-here/ ) Ars mention google 6 times and apple 0 times there, compare to this article which mention google 0 times, and apple 1 time.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well Alphabet is Google. Or I should say Google is Alphabet now.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Plus Apple is building one.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Bulding what? any proof?

2. gamehead unregistered

More jobs gone

4. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is very interesting, as you have rightly stated many jobs will be lost. However there will technical jobs created ....programmers, mechanics, data analyst, mapping, engineering, imagery....but I imagine there will be more jobs lost in less technical fields than that gained the more technical ones.... Those that will be at loss are the drivers who more than likely unskilled workers (classification not my determination)... It will be difficult to find an equal paying job.

10. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just don't think this type of technology is needed and when there is a malfunction or something goes wrong how many lives is technology going to put at risk. We're relying on it way too much IMO.

12. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I wonder if you can road rage against the computer and hop in the front and take control and speed to your destination if you have to. Lol like if there’s an emergency can you just hop in the front and take over or stop the fare instantly and call an ambulance.

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