The day when actually driverless automobiles rule the highway could also be a methods off, however within the meantime firms like Waymo are working diligently on creating robo-taxi providers to whisk us shortly and safely throughout city.
The Alphabet-owned firm is already working a restricted ridesharing service utilizing its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans (with a security driver) in Phoenix, Arizona, however information final 12 months of it ordering greater than 60,000 extra minivans highlights the sheer scale of its robo-taxi ambitions.
In a bid to set its autonomous-taxi service aside from its opponents, Waymo is at the moment testing free Wi-Fi providers for its riders, in addition to ad-free music streaming via the car’s audio system through Google Play Music, Reuters reported this week.
Apart from the tech-related extras, it’s additionally making certain its automobiles are cooled to 72 levels to beat the Arizona warmth and to make sure most consolation for riders from the second they soar inside. Youngster automotive seats, too, can be found for folk with little children in tow.
Waymo is reportedly contemplating all facets of the ridesharing expertise to see the place it may enhance on present providers. For instance, Reuters’ report factors out how overly talkative drivers and poor driving expertise are frequent complaints amongst these utilizing ridesharing providers corresponding to Uber and Lyft. With that in thoughts, Waymo desires to supply a service that’s constantly snug and dependable, one the place riders really feel comfy the second their journey begins. Certainly, suggestions from Waymo riders counsel they’re notably taken by the predictability of the expertise, from the inside set-up to the secure journey.
However Waymo might be conscious that Uber and Lyft are additionally investing in analysis associated to autonomous automobiles, so every firm should contemplate rigorously what it may supply to rise above the competitors.
The standard of Waymo’s present perks could also be shortly dismissed by some riders. In any case, free Wi-Fi and music streaming will not be a deal breaker if competing outfits supply equally environment friendly providers with fares under these provided by Waymo. Maybe one of many greatest challenges confronted by these working driverless automobiles has much less to do with riders and extra to do with residents in testing zones, a few of whom are but to be persuaded of the advantages of driverless vehicles.