Google’s Waymo which has been leading the self-driving car technology has opened its testing program to the general public. With the participation of hundreds of people in Phoenix, the new self-driving car test started.
Alphabet Inc which is the owner of Google, started to test the self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix. They bought 500 Chrysler minivans to have the participants come to the testing area. Participants in the driving test are seen as the potential customers and they are expected to observe the characteristics of driverless vehicles with their own detection and navigation system.
This will be the largest participatory drive test with driverless cars, done until today. John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, announced that driverless vehicles have been tested in small-scale experiments with the participation of families living in Phoenix over the past month. He added that they would find out what people required in self-driving cars after these tests. The company is planning to carry out extensive test drives with different segments and people with different transport needs.
Those who want to participate in the test drive of Waymo, must live in Phoenix and must be over 18 years old. Waymo’s self-driving cars have traveled 4 million kilometers in public area and have had 14 accidents.
Another important announcement about the self-driving cars is made by Britain saying that they plan to start to use of self-driving cars in public roads until 2019.