Republic Reporter Describes Experience In Driverless Waymo Vehicle

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 1:43pm

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Waymo has chosen Arizona to test the first commercial, driverless taxi service, called Waymo One.

One year ago, driverless cars put on Arizona roads by Waymo were deemed cautious and clunky — albeit impressive — in a headline in the Arizona Republic.

Reporter Ryan Randazzo recounted a moment when the vehicle oh-so-slowly rolled toward the scene of a car accident, moving awkwardly and perhaps a little too cautiously as other vehicles with living, breathing drivers behind the wheels made it around the area much more quickly.

The Show's Lauren Gilger had a similar experience in her own Waymo ride-along last year. But now it seems those are apparently the days of Waymo past.

Last week, Randazzo got his first opportunity to ride in a totally driverless Waymo vehicle since that interaction, and this time around, he says he had a very different experience.

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