By Cathy Bussewitz
AP Business Writer 

Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid undergoing testing in the San Francisco Bay Area

Waymo removing backup drivers from its autonomous vehicles


Last updated 10/15/2020 at 5:36pm


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CAPTION: Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid undergoes testing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Waymo is allowing the general public to hitch a ride in its driverless autonomous vehicles in Phoenix, expanding a service it had been quietly offering to a select group of riders for the past year.

The service launches to the general public Thursday. The vehicles, which will have no backup drivers behind the wheel to take over in sticky situations, will serve an area of 50 square miles. There won't be anyone watching remotely who can take over in an emergency and drive the car.

Before the coronavirus struck, which reduced demand for rides, Waymo was providing 1,000 to 2,000 rides in autono...

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