Waymo, the driverless car on behalf of the Google’s owner Alphabet has received thumbs up from California to test the driverless cars on the public roads. This decision marks the first-ever permit granted to the driverless cars to run on the public roads and highways for the testing purpose.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has allowed Waymo the first-ever permit in the state to initiate the testing program of the autonomous cars. After receiving the permit, the team members of the project have expressed the gratitude to the DMV as this will mark the start of a new era. The team also stated that the green signal was crucial at this phase as the technology is ready to be executed.
The autonomous vehicle won’t have a backup driver and is on the verge of initiating the testing process.
Currently, the autonomous vehicles have gained an access to run only in the parts of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, and Los Altos Hills in Northern California.
Since last year, Waymo has executed a pilot program in Arizona, which allowed the early adopters to enjoy a ride on the driverless vehicles.
The company has clubbed with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to design a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to accomplish the ride-hailing service. This is expected to be available to the interested users by the end of 2018 in Phoenix. Waymo is also having plans to bring the service to the other cities soon.
During the initial part of the year, Fiat Chrysler had also announced to bestow Waymo with a maximum of 62,000 Pacific as that will support the elaboration of the fleet that is the collection of autonomous vehicles.
Waymo also has planned to launch the ride-hailing service in the area of metro Phoenix before the year ends.