Waymo Releases Video From Inside its Driverless Minivans Showing Passenger Acceptance

Author: Eric Walz   

The public's acceptance of self-driving cars hinges on the experience of being in one. People want to feel safe in a driverless car, just like when there's a human driver behind the wheel.

Waymo has been working hard to make its autonomous software behave just like a human drivers—only better— and now the company has shared video taken from inside one its driverless minivans to show the reactions from real passengers.

Waymo announced last month it was ready to test out its ride-hailing service in Arizona without a backup driver present. Arizona is one of the few states that allows self-driving vehicles to be tested on public roads without a driver.

On Tuesday, Waymo CEO John Krafcik gave a speech at South by Southwest, the annual music and tech festival in Austin, Texas to share how things were going thus far.

He said Waymo ditched the Phoenix test drivers and is readying its fleet of driverless Chrysler Pacificas for other parts of the country, including Atlanta. The festival goers were then treated to a short video of passengers being shuttled in Waymo's driverless minivans.

The point of the video is to show that passengers adapted quickly to the technology, and were able to relax and laugh once inside and buckled up. One passenger was even seen yawning.

As with any new technology, there are always reservations from the public. However, as Waymo's video shows, people might get used to riding in self-driving cars very soon.

Eric Walz
Originally from New Jersey, Eric is an automotive and technology reporter specializing in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over fifteen years of automotive experience and a B.A. in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the automotive industry and beyond. He has worked on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
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