Waymo Announces Driverless Uber Alternative

Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s autonomous car project, will launch a completely driverless rival to ride-hailing service Uber in the next few months, CEO John Krafcik has announced.

The model that’ll be used will be the Chrysler Pacifica MPV with fully autonomous driving technology. The firm has been testing the self-driving model since the project’s announcement in 2016.

No driver will sit in the front seat, although initially, a Waymo employee will be in the car in case of emergency. This is only temporary, however. Once members of the public begin riding solo, the cars will be equipped with a killswitch as a precaution.

At launch, the service will be free and is expected to be rolled out in more areas, though a specific timeline has not been revealed as yet.

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