The general public may now utilize Waymo's driverless vehicles, according to the autonomous vehicle company.
The service is open to the public beginning Oct. 8, according to the company. Waymo vehicles have been in Phoenix since 2017, but rides were only available to a select group of "Early Riders," or the Waymo One program that allowed customers to bring along friends and family. With Waymo One, backup drivers were present in the vehicles.
"We are excited to be the first City in the nation to host a public, fully driverless ride hailing service on our streets," Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in a statement. "Waymo's unwavering dedication to the safety and well-being of riders and employees, before and through this pandemic, gives me confidence as both Mayor and a Waymo One rider, that safety will remain a top priority as ride hailing services resume fully autonomous."
The driverless service will begin with those already a part of Waymo One and over the next several weeks will integrate more people into the service through the Waymo app available on Google Play and the App Store.
"In the near term, 100% of our rides will be fully driverless," read a statement from Waymo. "We expect our new fully driverless service to be very popular, and we’re thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to serve demand."