Within the Phoenix metro space, you needn’t fear about an aggravated Uber or taxi driver. The self-driving taxis from Google-spinoff Waymo will patiently wait when you run out to select up dinner or drop off a bundle.
That is as a result of the Waymo app now has an “add a cease” possibility. Riders utilizing the Waymo One autonomous ride service can decide up a buddy or some groceries with out having to reorder a automotive at every cease.
You may make a brief cease, like dropping off your sister, or an extended cease, like choosing up a bundle at FedEx. For an extended cease, Waymo automobiles — that are all modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans, however will quickly embody electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs —will wait close by and decide you again up when you’re prepared to move to the subsequent location.
Waymo product supervisor Sam Kansara mentioned in a latest name “the meter isn’t working whereas in your lengthy cease.” In a standard taxi cab, you are charged for the time the driving force spends idling when you get your espresso. Waymo, nonetheless, exhibits you the price of the journey with all of your stops earlier than you get into the automotive.
Kansara mentioned the brand new characteristic is “all about lowering that nervousness,” however it additionally makes it a extra luxurious expertise, like you’ve got a personal driver taking you round in your errands. You do not have to fret about driving or parking.
In one other try to enhance the rider expertise, Waymo is formally ditching its Google Play Music playlists for the flexibility to attach riders’ telephones to the pc screens within the self-driving automobiles.
The brand new music system works greatest for Android customers. On Android gadgets, you’ll be able to join with Google Solid and play any audio apps like Spotify, Google Podcasts, or YouTube Music. For iPhone and different gadgets, you have to have the Google Assistant app, which connects to the in-car audio system. Then you might be plugged into your personal playlists or audiobooks you have been listening to earlier than the automotive arrived.
The brand new music characteristic remains to be in testing with some early riders within the Phoenix space and employees in the San Francisco Bay Area.
These are among the newer options that Waymo is hoping will make its automotive service stand out, apart from the entire self-driving factor.