Waymo Gives Sneak Peek of Autonomous Ride-hailing Service, Pacifica

In a hope to catch the attention of people, who have struggled to get a cab or have been upset over regular cancelation of cab pickups, Waymo has brought in a brand new self-directed ride-hailing service, named Chrysler Pacifica. With this introduction, the company hopes to become the first autonomous cab service across the world. On Monday, Oct 30, 2017, Waymo had put several technology reporters inside their gen-next autonomous vehicles to give them a first hand in-person experience. Andrew Hawkins of The Verge has written about how he felt in Pacifica. In his words, the ride was “smooth” and he felt “safe and secure in a vehicle sans a driver.”

This fleet of vehicles is programmed by Waymo in order to function at low speeds; however, it moves at pace that is above a slow crawl. Riders moved around cyclists, a disappointed man standing next to a malfunctioning Hyundai, and a couple of pedestrians, all of whom were among the actors, who were contracted by Waymo to provide a feel of the real world.

Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch wrote about how the vehicle neatly slowed down and prepared to avoid any mishap when a squirrel ran out in front of it. John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, has declined the requests to divulge the time when this services will be lunched for the public use. However, he indicated that it may happen sooner than what is majorly believed in the global market.