You can now order a Waymo robotaxi on the Uber app in Phoenix

Uber’s A partnership with Waymo, a driverless taxi service, to provide autonomous ride options for customers in Phoenix began Wednesday. Riders who book an UberX, Uber Green, Uber Comfort or Uber Comfort Electric can be paired with an autonomous Waymo vehicle.

The Waymo ride option is currently available in metro Phoenix and will only match a rider with a driverless vehicle if the route is part of Waymo’s operating area. Riders who are hesitant about getting into a Waymo vehicle will have the option to opt out before the robotaxi is dispatched and have them sent with a human driver instead.

Uber said in a News release By partnering with Waymo, it is working toward cutting gas and emissions per passenger and “making green transportation options more accessible.”

Waymo’s collaboration with Uber has just begun testing its driverless taxis Earlier this month in Southern California. The company gave early access tickets to residents and visitors to take advantage of the fully autonomous Waymo One ride ahead of the full launch.

Unions held a rally outside Google’s headquarters in LA on Tuesday to protest Waymo’s autonomous rideshare expansion.

“We are saying absolutely no to driverless vehicles on our roads,” said Yvonne Wheeler, president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. abc7 news, “Autonomous vehicles, like the ones Waymo wants to spread across our communities, are wreaking havoc wherever they go. …It is clear that this technology is not ready to be introduced on our roads and in our city.

A Waymo spokesperson said in an email statement to Gizmodo that the company disagrees with the concerns and is working with policymakers, first responders, and transportation agencies to ensure that robotaxi are a safe option for Angelenos.

“Our goal is to launch a ride-hailing service that improves road safety and supports the region’s transportation, equity and sustainability goals. Based on our many productive conversations with city leaders, we are confident we can work together to make this happen,” the spokesperson said.

However, council member Hugo Soto-Martinez appeared adamant when he told Waymo and Cruise that its robotaxis are not welcome in Los Angeles. Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Soto-Martinez says he stands up for the risks driverless taxis pose to pedestrians and other vehicles. techcrunch informed of.

Waymo’s tour and subsequent pushback follows California DMV suspends Cruise’s robotaxi From operations in San Francisco while it investigates potential safety and health hazards. The DMV suspension came after a pedestrian was hit by a human driver and thrown under a Cruise robotaxi and dragged 20 feet.

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