According to the Verge, Google’s self-driving Waymo cars have been on the road, without passengers, since the middle of October. But this news is not without exception. The cars are still under constant monitoring by Waymo employees who sit, unimpeded and available in the driver seat. The next step will be for those employees to take a back seat, behind the absent driver. The other exception is that these vehicles are not running loose on every road in every city. Waymo self-driving cars have been temporarily quarantined to a small, 100 square mile region near Chandler, Arizona. Google may have a timeline for getting their concept car to a wider audience, but they are taking extremely cautious steps to ensure the process is not rushed and that future riders are not at risk.
The existence of self-driving cars is no secret. Everyone has seen them. If not in real life, then somewhere in an article or in a movie. The application or the use of self-driving cars, however, still feels a long way off. Just not for the residents of Arizona.
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