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>> After years of getting cars to do this,>> Left.>> Now companies are trying to turn their self-driving technology into an actual business.>> Then it shows you kind of okay, we're going here.>> Waymo is leading the way with hundreds of cars in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, charging test riders for the service.
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>> I'm Alexandria Sage here in Chandler, Arizona, where I am inside a Waymo self-driving car. Waymo, Google's self-driving unit, is launching its commercial ride-hailing service called Waymo One. And we're about to take a ride.>> The technology has come far in the last two years. During our 30-minute ride in a Waymo car from downtown Chandler to a coffee shop about three miles away and back, the man in the driver's seat didn't once touch the steering wheel.
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Waymo says a person will be behind the wheel for now.>> Right.>> The ride was mostly smooth with some jerky speed ups.>> What's it waiting for?>> And the car was slower and more tentative than if a real human were driving, likely out of caution. That irritates some drivers in Chandler that get stuck behind them, like George Master, a Lyft driver.
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>> I can't stand these guys being in front of me when I'm trying to go at a higher rate of speed. And we're trying to go with the flow of traffic here. People are going slower than the rest of traffic, that creates a huge danger to other drivers.
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>> Still, some people are fans, like Alec Hoffman, an early test rider of Waymo.>> One thing when I ride in the other rideshare services, it's rolling the dice. I'm getting into a car, I don't know the driver. I get into Waymo, I know what I'm getting every single time.
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>> It's not just Waymo trying to make a business out of it. Lyft is charging riders in Las Vegas for 1 of 30 self-driving cars run on technology from Aptiv. And Drive.ai is getting paid by the city of Arlington in Texas for a one-year pilot program to run three of these self-driving cars in its entertainment district.
00:01:59
And now that the meter is running, self-driving car companies will start to have a clearer picture of the road ahead, speed bumps and all.