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webfi- A ride in a Waymo driverless car



TechCrunch contributor Ed Niedemeyer gets a ride in Waymo’s driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. The company is starting to match members of its early rider program with driverless rides as it starts scaling up its robotaxi service.

For more on Waymo’s driverless car: https://tcrn.ch/2NvKpaf

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40 Comments

  • Karl Joda on November 9, 2019

    This cars are driving on very quiet roads, nice weather, no rain and snow… Want to see they are performing in real traffic of a town.

  • Harry White on November 9, 2019

    Excellent. I'm looking forward to trying it out when it's available in Florida.

  • Edward Cox on November 10, 2019

    Waymo should use electric fleet, set good example

  • Rowan Broekman on November 10, 2019

    Will they ever come to Amsterdam?

  • tallll70 on November 10, 2019

    Technology improvements are exciting for me , absolutely, but just a few months ago this same system could not do a left turn through oncoming traffic without being too hesitant and uncertain, so until I see tests and prove that this thing is not Hazard on a public roads, I'm not gonna trust it… technology like this doesn't Leap Forward fast, 10 years ago sounds cool, about 10 years ago we barely had any Electronics assistance in a cars… well hey, we invented wheel centuries ago, we still making failing and seizing bearings for them

  • Suhail M Ahmed on November 11, 2019

    Have you seen Drone Taxi in Dubai ?

  • Dogbertforpresident on November 11, 2019

    Between Waymo and Tesla we should be seeing a majority of autos driverless, and hopefully electric.

  • krish on November 12, 2019

    I think Tesla will be first. They have shit loads of data more than Waymo and their approach is very AI and human intervention learning based. Soon there's going to be a million Teslas out there mapping and learning everything. It'll be hard to catch up.

  • Benjamin Feddersen on November 12, 2019

    You, an expert: Self driving cars will never happen.

    Google: Uh, they're literally on the road right now.

    You: Never….happen…

  • Andrew S. Scott on November 12, 2019

    It seems they are seriously improving with this technology/software.

  • Mark Plott on November 13, 2019

    Tech Crunch – Waymo is Decades behind what Tesla can do Today.

  • Anony mous on November 15, 2019

    people shit on Uber's stock, once this stuff is mastered it's gonna be worth so much, it'll just take years

  • Coyotexer on November 15, 2019

    I'm just gonna wait until it can drive during bad weather.

  • H on November 15, 2019

    No volume on the roads or inclement weather factors taken seen on this video. Please bring ‘driverless’ technology to highway 401 in Toronto or Gardiner Expressway and see how well it does here.

  • modomodo4891 on November 15, 2019

    I want to see them driving on Indian roads 😂

  • Canel Buino on November 16, 2019

    Can it drive in rain or snow?

  • Ten Slider on November 16, 2019

    these things on the road with new york drivers is a sight to see, I can't wait.

  • RJ 8U on November 16, 2019

    Didn't Waymo let go about 100 employees just last month 😕😕. These cars are pretty expensive..you guys should have ask how much each car cost with all of those self driving parts 👍

  • Zi-Yen Chew on November 17, 2019

    Wonder if I will ever see the day where every vehicle is self driven. I'm honestly not sure what to think about that but if every vehicle is centrally controlled vehicle to vehicle accidents should be near impossible to happen

  • M San on November 17, 2019

    One issue they haven't commented on is safety from robbers on the road, any person will be able to stop your car with an stop sign or whatever, and then proceed to do its 'business'. Right now you have the option to accelerate and not stop, but its based on a judgement call that the car can't make right now by itself. I hope they address this soon.

  • Santo Deportes on November 19, 2019

    1:42 ..hum good question lmao

  • Justin Dunaway on November 26, 2019

    So…what if the car is hacked while in route to school with a car load of kids. Wouldn't it make more sense to have a real, live, breathing human behind the wheel to take over in case of an emergency. I know I wouldn't let my kids in a autonomous driverless vehicle. Dont fuel yourself people, these machines will make you lose your entrepreneurial freedom some day soon. Take action or dont take action.

  • Victoria Loss on December 13, 2019

    I don't think you're telling the truth about how long testing has been going on. Until now nobody believed me. I lived in Phoenix in 2001. A vehicle pulled up next to me at a stop light and there was nobody in it. If you would have said any other place in the world I never would have put the 2 together(this video+my experience). Regardless it's still a really neat concept and I would definitely take a cruise in one

  • Nathan 'Nate' Whitehat on December 18, 2019

    Ok… Got it. Their product isn't cars. It's taxis.

  • ABCDEFGH IJK on January 8, 2020

    Or, from another perspective, no more driving the car how you want it, where you want it and with nobody tot know that. It will be :Zzzap!! And your car îs switched off or even more scary, take you to Court without you wanting that.

  • Josh Thompson on January 9, 2020

    Considering Waymo recorded the killing of a woman crossing the street. It wouldn't surprise me if this was a front for Big Brother. Mass surveillance is their main priority.

  • Harry Solomon on January 16, 2020

    Will they work on the edge of a cliff?

  • Kayanda Eddings on January 30, 2020

    I hope they make these for the visually impaired and add like a talking feature to where we tell the car where to go. That would be totally cool.

  • GA FLIPS on February 3, 2020

    Release it already
    Tired of the talking

  • Anglegrinder46 on February 5, 2020

    HELLO,THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING A GREAT THING,AND I KNOW FROM LIVING AROUND NEGATIVE PEOPLE THAT THEY WILL 100% ATTACK THIS,KEEP DOING YOUR TECH THING AND SHUT THEM UP

  • Bryan Turnbow on March 15, 2020

    It’s really cool but I know the second I step into a self driving car it’s going to drive me into a volcano.

  • Ronsted on April 22, 2020

    Lidar is stupid.

  • CS Sensei on June 26, 2020

    How about another hypothetical scenario— what if carjackers/thieves are driving around with a fake police siren—how will waymo react? Or if someone is pretexting to be law enforcement— with a fake id/uniform and everything

  • Peter on August 15, 2020

    "Autonomous" vehicles on TRAINING WHEELS. Nice pre-mapped, geo-fenced areas. Would love to see a non-company produced video of these vehicles on their own outside of these areas designated by Waymo. It's a SHAM! Nice try though. By all means, keep on trying.

  • Cdictator on October 24, 2020

    Tesla is winning the FSD contest

  • Youtube Iscruel on January 1, 2021

    "Police officer can take over the car" – this is not ok. This will ruin everything. Why not just give control to ISIS

  • Bob Pipkins on February 18, 2021

    Why driverless? it's cruel how y'all want to rob the already poor taxi drivers of their lively hood. I won't who will wanna ride in such a vehicle in a stormy weather or fog when tactical human response is needed, crazy!

  • Madelyn Rodriguez on March 12, 2021

    I rather drive myself than the car self drive. I don't feel is safe. Few people who died. I don't trust it

  • Chevlon MacGuin Studios on April 3, 2021

    Imagine siting in the back writing up html, or c++ while you learn and car crashes

  • Adam Infinity on May 14, 2021

    By the year 2035, these cars will be everywhere. It won't be weird anymore.

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