Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, has begun to push ridesharing into new territory: Metro Atlanta is the next stop for Waymo’s test program. “Now that we have the world’s first fully self-driving vehicles on public roads in AZ, we’re looking to take our tech to more cities,” announced Waymo spokesmen yesterday.
According to The Verge, Waymo has now officially tested in 25 cities across the U.S., including Phoenix, Arizona, Austin, Texas, Mountain View, California, and Detroit, Michigan.
In a statement, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said, “With our talented workforce and legacy of innovation, Georgia is at the forefront of the most dynamic, cutting edge industries like autonomous vehicles. We are thrilled to welcome Waymo to our state because fully self-driving vehicle technology holds tremendous potential to improve road safety, and we are proud Georgia is paving the way for the future of transportation.”
Georgia has anticipated and prepared for the onset of autonomous vehicles for a while: State legislators passed SB 219 last May, which permits self-driving cars to run on Georgia’s public roads, as long as they are properly registered and covered under special insurance. On September 14th, a fully autonomous car had its first run on Atlanta’s new Smart Corridor, passing from Georgia Tech campus, down North Avenue, through Old Fourth Ward to Ponce City Market.
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