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What should Waymo do next?

What should Waymo do next?

  • Significantly expand the driverless area in Phoenix

    Votes: 3 15.8%
  • Launch commercial ride-hailing in other US cities (even with safety drivers initially)

    Votes: 4 21.1%
  • Announce partnership with Automaker to sell L4 robotaxi direct to consumer

    Votes: 6 31.6%
  • Do a coast to coast fully driverless drive or other "demo" to show off technology

    Votes: 3 15.8%
  • Release more disengagement/safety data that shows safety level of Waymo Driver

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • Other (Please specify)

    Votes: 1 5.3%

  • Total voters
    19

diplomat33

Average guy who loves autonomous vehicles
Aug 3, 2017
8,384
11,693
Terre Haute, IN USA
Curious what people think. What should Waymo do next? What would impress you?

Answer poll:
1) Significantly expand the driverless area in Phoenix
2) Launch commercial ride-hailing open to public in other US cities (even with safety drivers initially)
3) Announce partnership with Automaker to sell L4 robotaxis direct to consumer
4) Do a coast to coast fully driverless drive or other "demo" to show off FSD capabilities
5) Release more disengagement/safety data to show safety level of Waymo Driver
6) Other (please specify)
 

DanCar

Active Member
Oct 2, 2013
2,028
2,122
SF Bay Area
All of the above. They wanted to expand in California but were thwarted by the government. So expanding in Phoenix or elsewhere would be good.
 

diplomat33

Average guy who loves autonomous vehicles
Aug 3, 2017
8,384
11,693
Terre Haute, IN USA
I'm curious, what is preventing Waymo from rolling out driverless to every large metropolitan area? Do we know?

I think it is mostly making sure the safety is good enough. And each city can be different. Just because the Waymo Driver is safe in Phoenix does not necessarily mean it is safe enough in say NY or Detroit. So Waymo wants millions of autonomous miles in each city to validate safety first before rolling out driverless.
 
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ThomasD

Active Member
Nov 22, 2019
1,187
599
Breckenridge Co Ky
A contract with a nursing home to run residents to Dr appts, shopping Contract with the V A to transport Veterans to appointments and back home Equip the Vans with wheelchair carriers. Something like this

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kaffine

Member
Apr 1, 2016
290
277
Las Vegas
To me unless I can buy a car with it I'm not that interested. Ride hailing is a nice way to show it off but is too expensive for me to use all the time.

Depending on what the limits are with L4 I may not be interested in it either. If it is limited to Phoenix area it isn't going to do me any good in Vegas.
 

Cheburashka

Active Member
Jan 29, 2018
2,518
3,635
Los Gatos, CA
Existing for 11 years and currently loosing billions each year. Maybe they should plan a route to profitability?

I think this is probably one of the main factors that's keeping them from expanding. The customers are there, but my assumption is right now they are losing money on every ride and therefore expansion is extremely difficult because of increased cash burn.
 
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