A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi

In advance of the launch of its commercial ride-hailing service later this year, #Waymo shared exclusive details with The Verge about the work that goes on behind the scenes. At the heart of that activity is the company’s 70,000-square-foot depot, where its fleet of autonomous vehicles are tended to by teams of technicians, engineers, and mechanics, as well as customer service reps and product managers. [Read More]

Summary… * Machine-Made

“I have been drinking the Kool-Aid for the last 10 years at Zipcar,” Perez said, “and I believe in a world with more car shares than car owners.”A day in the life of one of #Waymo’s self-driving minivans typically starts around 5AM.
Keeping this hardware in tip-top shape is the job of the company’s fleet technicians, who conduct regular maintenance checks on the self-driving systems.
But then in May, it announced it was in talks with Fiat Chrysler about developing self-driving cars you could buy at a dealership.
“It really wasn’t just about, ‘Oh we want to clean #Waymo’s cars,’” said Arthur Orduna, chief innovation officer at Avis.
The region’s dust storms, known as “haboobs,” can be cinematic like Mad Max: Fury Road, but can also render a self-driving cars’ sensors inoperable.

Opinion… * Man-Made

#Waymo, the autonomous vehicle sharing company under the umbrella of #Google‘s parent company #Alphabet, is about as well prepared as it could be at this point. #AutonomousVehicles #Trend

Source: The Verge