Waymo CPUC approval, San Francisco Taxi

Waymo CPUC approval, San Francisco Taxi

Alphabet’s Waymo has been approved to offer a robo-taxi service to San Francisco residents, and it’s just revealed a brand new vehicle.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week announce It “allowed Waymo LLC to participate in the California pilot program to offer ‘driverless’ autonomous vehicle (AV) passenger service to the public”. This means that riders can ride in a driverless AV test drive.

comes next General Motors’ self-driving cruise company In June this year I have obtained the final permission needed to launch a robotaxy trading service in San Francisco.

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Until last week’s CPUC decision, Waymo offered Free driverless rides for employees or test program members in San Francisco.

Image credit: Waymo

Waymo joins Cruise as the second entrant in CPUC’s Driverless Pilot, according to CPUC. It said Driverless Pilot is intended to allow AV companies to develop their technology on a test basis, while providing public safety and consumer protection in services provided by commercial operators under the CPUC’s purview.

“We are seeing momentum building in this area and we are working to ensure the safe expansion of the driverless pilot program,” said CPUC Commissioner Genevieve Shiruma.

With this authorization, Waymo Driverless passenger service throughout San Francisco and parts of Daly City, as well as in parts of the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale.

Waymo’s test self-driving vehicles may operate on public roads with posted speed limits of up to 65 mph, at all times of the day or night.

Waymo also recently announced that it will Expanding its independent taxi ordering service to Los Angeles.

No steering wheel

Meanwhile, Waymo also showed off a new prototype car made by Chinese luxury automaker Geely brand, Zeekr last week at an event in Los Angeles.

Geely owns a number of car brands including Volvo, Lotus and Polestar.

Waymo posted this YouTube video about her new car.

It should be remembered that since 2009, Google’s self-driving unit has been running a fleet of modified second-generation Toyota Priuses.

google Toyota Prius driverless car by Steve Jurvetson on Wikimedia

But more recently, Waymo has largely used production vehicles like the Jaguar i-Pace and Chrysler Pacifica, ferrying passengers around cities like Phoenix and San Francisco.

Now Waymo has unveiled its second floor design. The first design was the Firefly, which was retired in 2017.

It also unveiled a Zoox car in 2020 that can drive in either direction.

However, the Waymo/Zeekr vehicle is called the Waymo One Zeekr and is a passenger-focused, autonomous vehicle for the first time that does not have a steering wheel.

The Waymo One Zeekr looks similar to the Zeekr M-Vision (vehicle similar to a truck), which the company announced on the same day of the Waymo event.

Zeekr intends to have the Zeekr M ready for mass production by 2024, so it’s safe to say that people may not see the Waymo One Zeekr on the streets of San Francisco anytime soon.

Obviously, this electric vehicle can carry out 16 hours of continuous full electric driving.

During the presentation, Waymo indicated that the car would be 30 percent more efficient than anything else on the street right now.

The Waymo One Zeekr features a pair of sliding doors that move back and forth to reveal a spacious interior with seating for five passengers. All seats on the prototype are forward facing.

Waymo One Zikr.
Image credit: Waymo

It has a low floor for easy access, wide door openings and Braille.

The The main lidar system Mounted on the roof in a circular unit and incorporating the latest array of sensors, around the vehicle are a number of smaller sensors attached to the front, rear and front center of the vehicle.

Besides not having a steering wheel, the prototype also doesn’t have any side mirrors or rearview mirrors in the interior.

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