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Waymo rolls out autonomous vans without human drivers

SeattlePI.com Tuesday, 7 November 2017 ()
DETROIT (AP) — A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. The move by Waymo, which started Oct. 19 with an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, is a major step toward vehicles driving themselves without human backups on public roads. Waymo, which is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, is in a race with other companies such as Delphi, General Motors, Intel, Uber, Apple and Lyft to bring autonomous vehicles to the public. The companies say the robot cars are safer than human drivers because they don't get drowsy, distracted or drunk.
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News video: Waymo's Autonomous Cars Are Already On Public Roads

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We all knew there would eventually come a day when self-driving cars would start roaming US streets without someone in the driver's seat for safety, but you still might be surprised that the day has come this soon. In fact, that day passed a couple of weeks ago. As The Verge reports, Waymo, the...

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