Waymo's self-driving taxi struggles with left turns and puddles. But it's still winning over some Arizona riders

Waymo's self-driving taxi struggles with left turns and puddles. But it's still winning over some Arizona riders

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  • Waymo says its vehicles have driven more than 20 million autonomous miles on public roads, but rainy days and puddles that linger on roads afterwards can still confuse the robotaxis enough that Waymo has to revert to an older, less impressive version of its robotaxis, featuring a human test driver behind the wheel.
  • The robotaxi service in Arizona is the culmination of 12 years of work since Google created its self-driving car project, which was later re-named Waymo, and made a separate subsidiary of Alphabet.
  • Lovasz said Waymo asked her to cross a seven-lane road and wait on a residential street across from the library to be picked up.
  • CNN Business encountered a single cyclist and no pedestrians, aside from in a Whole Foods parking lot, during its two rides, Riders told CNN Business they've seen Waymo vehicles get more confident and assertive in parking lots, where the vehicles have to deal with crossing pedestrians and vehicles backing out.

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