The more the year passes, the more we are getting an insight into Google's Waymo autonomous car business come together. Since the start of the year, Waymo has continually announced new partnerships and deal to acquire cars for their expected ride-hailing platform, teamed up with Avis Budget Group as a manager for their autonomous fleet, and began a test program for an autonomous truck service and platform.
The most recent announcement from Waymo involves its commitment to assist cities in making public transportation even more accessible. The company wrote in a blog post on July 31 that it's working with Valley Metro, the Phoenix-area public transportation authority, to launch a pilot program that offers self-driving vehicle rides for Valley Metro employees to get them to and from the city's buses and light rail.
While the program will begin with employees starting in August, Waymo plans to eventually expand it to Valley Metro RideChoice travelers, which the company says covers "groups traditionally underserved by public transit."
The long-term plan is to launch similar services in other cities as well. "Our goal is to focus on four areas: creating a ride-hailing service, developing self-driving trucks for logistics, licensing with OEMs for personally owned vehicles, and connecting people to public transportation," Waymo said in its post.
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