Waymo will begin testing its autonomous vehicles in a new region of the country. Deal signed a bill in May that would allow self-driving cars to operate on public roads. The company has also tested a majority of its self-driving cars in Austin, Texas, Detroit, Michigan, Mountain View, CA, and Kirkland, Washington. Atlanta will become the 25th city in which Waymo has tested its technologies, which gives it a wide range of varying environments with from which the Artificial Intelligence can learn.
On Twitter, Waymo thanked Deal for the "warm welcome".
The latest step marks the 25th city Waymo has tested in, according to the firm. We should be learning more about Waymo testing its self-driving auto in Atlanta soon.
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This past fall, Waymo launching a ride-hailing service for the general public in Phoenix, Arizona with no human driver behind the steering wheel. Waymo has been testing vehicles in Texas, Arizona, Washington State, Nevada, California and most recently launched winter testing on public roads in MI. While Metro Atlanta can be a bit congested, the city offers better weather conditions for autonomous vehicles to drive in, especially since it's mostly sunny throughout the year.
It's located north of the Merced metro area where the Castle Air Force Base used to be an has been rented by Google since 2014. That said, they already have experience driving along the streets of San Francisco.
Live in Atlanta? Excited to be a passenger of Waymo's self-driving vehicle?