Waymo continues to bring their self-driving minivan to other states in the US for testing. Starting from Phoenix and then also in San Francisco, Waymo is now bringing their autonomous vehicle to Atlanta.
Besides Phoenix, all of their testing of autonomous vehicles require a safety driver behind the wheel but what Waymo requires is legislation which allows them to test their fully autonomous vehicles without a safety driver. This is a better way for Waymo to keep training its AI brain.
According to an article on TechCrunch, Atlanta provides challenges such as bad traffic, extremely dense metro areas and high humidity.
A Waymo spokesperson provided the following statement to TechCrunch regarding the expansion:
Now that we have the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving cars on public roads, we’re focused on taking our technology to a wide variety of cities and environments. We’re looking forward to our testing in Metro Atlanta, and the opportunity to bring this lifesaving technology to more people in more places.
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.