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Waymo will start delivering free autonomous robotaxi services in Los Angeles

A Waymo rider-only robotaxi is pictured during a test ride in San Francisco, California, U.S., December 9, 2022

March 13 (mod1s) - Alphabet's (GOOGL.O), opens new tab Waymo announced on Wednesday it would begin delivering free autonomous robotaxi services to select members of the public in Los Angeles beginning Thursday. 

The firm gained clearance from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earlier this month to launch its ride-hailing service, Waymo One, in Los Angeles and certain areas near San Francisco. 

Waymo's recent ambitions put it ahead of its General Motors (GM.N), opens new tab-owned competitor Cruise, which is presently under scrutiny after a driverless Cruise vehicle pulled a man 20 feet following an accident.

The startup stated services would be accessible spanning 63 square miles from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, adding that the first trips will be free. 

"We'll permanently welcome riders into our service, gradually onboarding the more than 50,000 people on our LA waitlist and continuing to hand out temporary codes at local events throughout the city," 

Waymo wrote in a blog post. 

The firm also said that it would extend its operations in Los Angeles over time and convert to paid services in the following weeks.

Waymo debuted autonomous services for its workers in Austin, Texas, making it the fourth autonomous ride-hailing city after San Francisco, Phoenix and Los Angeles. 

It expects to offer Waymo One to the wider public in Austin later in the year.


Source: https://www.reuters.com/

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