What it's REALLY like to ride a driverless car: Google's Waymo reveals footage of passengers texting, taking selfies and falling asleep

Mail Online | 3/14/2018 | Tim Collins For Mailonline
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It seems the novelty of riding in a driverless car wears off quickly, if promotional footage from Google's Waymo is to be believed.

Members of the public taking part in its Early Rider program in Arizona were recently invited to take trips in its now fully automated minivans.

Excitement - Wears - Video - Clip - Phones

After their initial excitement wears off, the video clip shows them playing with their phones, taking selfies and even falling asleep.

Waymo's first publicly available ride-hailing service is expected to be unveiled in Phoenix later this year, after the state gave the plans the go-ahead.

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The footage was released to coincide with a talk given by Waymo CEO John Krafcik at the SXSW festival, currently being held in Austin, Texas.

In the video, travellers can be seen laughing nervously at the empty driver’s seat as well as wondering if on-lookers were bemused at the sight of the autonomous vehicle, before quickly become distracted.

Mr - Krafcik - Audiences - SWXW - Course

Mr Krafcik told audiences at SWXW: 'Over the course of this year we've gained increasing confidence that we can remove the safety driver.

'Everything we learn in one of our cars gets passed to all of our cars. We think he could be the world's most experienced driver.

Video - Clip - Waymo - Things - Yawns

Speaking about the new video clip, he added: 'For us at Waymo, the most rewarding things were the yawns and the fellow that fell asleep.'

Waymo plans to keep a member of staff in the car for the initial phase of its upcoming driverless taxi service in the Arizona.

Google - Fleet - Driverless - Taxis - Streets

Google announced a fleet of driverless taxis would take to the streets of the region after being given the green light by the state.

Waymo, parent firm Alphabet's self-driving car unit, will launch a commercial ride hailing service similar to Uber's, using the automated technology.

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The launch comes after Arizona's department of transportation approved Waymo's application to become a...
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