Waymo just shared a video showing its driverless cars in action - and it should make the competition nervous

Business Insider | Mar 13, 2018, 10.26PM IST

Waymo Driverless Car Phoenix


No hands. No driver!

  • Waymo showed a video at SXSW that chronicled recent adventures in its fully driverless vehicle.
  • The Google/Alphabet spinoff has been using Chrysler Pacifica minivans to ferry riders around Phoenix.
  • The company plans to start a ride-hailing service using the tech.

At SXSW in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Waymo showed a short video of its fully driverless car pilot program, currently underway in Phoenix, Arizona.

The video was part of a talk given by Waymo CEO John Krafcik, an auto industry veteran who joined the company several years ago, back when it was still known as the Google Car project.

The Waymo driverless experiment has been underway in Phoenix since last year, using Chrysler Pacifica minivans outfitted with Waymo's laser-radar-based self-driving technology.

The big change, documented in the video, is the disappearance of the actual driver. For months, a human backup has been behind the wheel, but the company recently got the okay to let its cars chauffer people around without a human backup operator. 

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