Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo will use its self-driving cars to drive Phoenix-area bus and rail riders to their nearest public transportation stop.
Waymo is teaming up with the Phoenix public transportation agency, Valley Metro, to use self-driving cars to “better connect” riders with the city’s existing bus and light rail lines.
“Working together, we want to explore how self-driving vehicles could fill transportation and mobility gaps for riders across the Greater Phoenix area,” Alphabet’s GOOG, +0.36%GOOGL, +0.39% Waymo said in a post at online publishing site Medium.
Waymo is the driverless-car unit of Alphabet, which in February said its self-driving cars had covered 5 million miles on public roads.
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Waymo plans to launch the first phase of the partnership in August, offering first- and last-mile connections to Phoenix’s Valley Metro employees. Riders will be able to hail a ride through the Waymo app to take them to the nearest public transportation stop.
At some unspecified point in time, the partnership would be extended to all riders.
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“This will form the basis of joint research to evaluate the adoption of Waymo technology, its impact, and its long-term potential to enable greater access to public transit,” Waymo said in the post.
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