Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, says it has been operating a fleet of autonomous vehicles in Arizona without a human behind the wheel since mid-October.
Soon, the company plans to invite regular people for rides in these fully self-driving vehicles.
The cars will be geofenced within a 100-square-mile area of the town of Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix. But, Waymo plans to expand the number of cars in the fleet and the range to an area larger than Greater London over time. The company is asking people to apply to be part of an “early rider program.”
Arizona has no restrictions against operating an autonomous vehicle without a person in the driver’s seat. California, however, requires self-driving cars to have a safety driver in the front seat.
Waymo shared the milestone in a Medium post and video, posted below.