IssuesWaymo Announces Testing of Self-Driving Cars in Texas

Some Texans may soon see driverless cars maneuvering their way through traffic as Waymo will test its new models on West Texas freeways.
January 23, 2020
The former Google-run self-driving car manufacturing company announced today it will begin testing two of its models. Those are Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks.

Waymo said drivers might spot these vehicles in Western Texas on portions of “I-10, I-20 and I-45 in different parts of Texas.”

The company called the routes “interesting and promising commercial routes, and we’ll be using our vehicles to explore how the Waymo Driver might be able to create new transportation solutions.”

Waymo says their mission behind developing safe, reliable self-driving cars is to reduce the human error that causes 1.35 million deaths worldwide. Part of that equation is reducing the effects of drunk driving on the roads and those navigating them.

Self-driving cars also have the potential to allow those who are blind to travel in their own vehicle and more easily enable the elderly to get around.

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Waymo also says the average person wastes 42 hours a year sitting in traffic.

The company’s mission states, “Fully self-driving vehicles hold the promise to improve road safety and offer new mobility options to millions of people. Whether they’re helping people run errands, commute to work, or drop off kids at school, fully self-driving vehicles hold enormous potential to transform people’s lives.”

Waymo first started with the Google project in 2009 and has reached 300,000 miles driven by its vehicles.

The testing will begin as early as this week.


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Brad Johnson

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