What Happened: The driverless offering of Waymo would be available beginning Thursday — initially available to those part of Waymo One, the company's CEO John Krafcik said in a statement.
The robo-taxi service is available in Phoenix, Arizona and service will be expanded to all users of its app — which can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple Inc’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store — in the coming weeks, said Krafcik.
Why It Matters: Waymo is expected to launch the service only with driverless cars in a larger 100 square mile area in Phoenix using Pacifica minivans made by partner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU), reported Reuters.
Some vehicles will reportedly still have attendants on board.
This year, the Google self-driving unit announced two partnerships centered on self-driving, one which deepens the existing relationship with Fiat Chrysler, and another new one with Volvo Cars Group.
Uber Inc (NASDAQ:UBER) self-driving efforts were met with a setback after a collision left a pedestrian dead in 2018; the back-up driver for the vehicle was charged with negligent homicide last month, BBC reported.
Price Action: Alphabet Class A shares closed 1.66% higher at $1,483.43 and Class C shares closed 1.76% higher at $1,485.93 on Thursday.
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