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14:09 08/10/2019 | 7newstar.com

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Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas arrives in yet another test city: sunny Los Angeles, California

(Business) Waymo vans outfitted with lidar sensors, radar, cameras, and powerful onboard computers have begun roving the streets of L.A., concentrated around the populous downtown Miracle Mile section of Wilshire Boulevard. They’re currently being driven by technicians, and Waymo says it has no immediate plans to expand its driverless taxi service to the region. Instead, product manager for mapping David Margines told Forbes that the plan is to study L.A. congestion.

 

 

It’s been over six months since Waymo launched Waymo One, its commercial driverless taxi fleet of over 600 cars with safety drivers behind the wheel, and the company says the fleet has grown to serve over 1,000 riders in that time. Separately, Waymo recently revealed that its cars have driven 10 billion autonomous miles in simulation and 10 million real-world autonomous miles in 25 cities.

Weeks after Waymo announced it would dedicate a factory in southeast Michigan to the production of level 4 autonomous cars - that is, cars capable of driving without human supervision in most conditions - the company said it had settled on a location in Detroit. Separately, Waymo partnered with Lyft to deploy 10 of its vehicles on the ride-hailing platform in Phoenix.

Waymo also announced last year that it would add up to 62,000 minivans to its fleet and said it had signed a deal with Jaguar Land Rover to equip 20,000 of the automaker’s Jaguar I-Pace electric SUVs with its autonomous system by 2020.

According to marketing firm ABI, as many as 8 million driverless cars will be added to the road in 2025, and Research and Markets anticipates that there will be some 20 million autonomous cars in operation in the U.S. by 2030.

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