Waymo makes an application to test self-driving cars

Apr

15

2018

without a driver
Waymo, the branch within Googles parent company Alphabet for self-driving cars, has made a request to test cars that no longer have a driver. Previously there was always a driver present to possibly intervene.

That reports the San Francisco Chronicle on the basis of sources Friday. A spokesperson for Waymo subsequently confirmed that he had applied for testing driverless self-driving cars in the US state of California. That is what the company wants to do near its head office in Mountain View. Whether the application has already been approved is not clear from the news coverage.

Waymo uses the Chrysler Pacifica for his tests with self-driving cars. It is plausible that it also wants to use these cars for the tests where there is no longer a driver for any interventions. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Waymo wants to first map areas for his tests by driving with a driver, followed by an attempt with completely driverless rides.

There are several companies that are testing self-driving cars, but in most cases there is a driver who can intervene if the software ensures unsafe situations. Recently, however, it is possible to make an application in California to leave the driver at home. There is another company that has made an application to stop driving drivers, but it is not known who that is.

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