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A Waymo executive reveals how the company is keeping its self-driving taxis safe for riders during the COVID-19 pandemic (GOOGL)

Published Oct 22 2020 at 12:37 PM GMT
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  • Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Waymo has taken a number of steps to promote rider safety, like requiring anyone who cleans its vehicles to wear a mask and submit to a temperature check, stocking vehicles with hand sanitizer, and flushing out old air between rides.
  • Daniel Chu, Waymo's chief product officer, told Business Insider during its IGNITION: Transportation event on Tuesday that he was particularly excited about the air-replacement feature.
  • "Between rides, we actually exchange the air," he said.
  • While the coronavirus has forced Waymo, which was spun off from Google's autonomous-vehicle program in 2016, to scale back its Arizona-based Waymo One robotaxi service for much of this year, the pandemic hasn't changed the company's long-term strategy, Chu said.
  • "It's only reinforced the benefits of self-driving technology," he said.




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  • Published Oct 22, 2020 12:37 PM GMT