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As of October 24, 2019, you can find all of our news, updates, and stories on Waypoint, our new Waymo blog. We will no longer be posting here on Medium, but don’t worry, all previous posts will be available on our new site and will remain accessible here. So come along, buckle up, and join us on our new blog as we drive towards a new way forward in mobility.


Editor’s Note: In this next “Why I Ride with Waymo” post we catch up with Jean. Although she often rides with Waymo with her husband, Bob, Waymo offers them different benefits. For example, Bob likes how Waymo One allows them to be a one car household, while Jean prefers the predictably of Waymo One, especially if she’s riding alone.

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Tell us a little about yourself!

Hello, I’m Jean and I’m a part-time movie host at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Tempe, Arizona.

Why do you like riding with Waymo One?

I appreciate the predictability of Waymo One, especially if I’m using it alone. I always know what vehicle to look for; I don’t recognize car makes and models very well, so it’s helpful that all Waymo cars are the same. I know exactly where it will pick me up and that it knows the route and won’t stare at its phone instead of the road throughout the ride. Lastly, if it picks me up at home, I don’t have to worry that it knows where I live and that I won’t be home for a few hours. …


Editor’s Note: In the next “Why I Ride with Waymo” posts, we catch up with Bob and Jean. While they often use Waymo One together, the service offers them unique benefits. First, we will hear from Bob who shares how Waymo One allows them to be a one car household.

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Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi there! I’m Bob from Tempe, Arizona, and I do data analytics for an insurance company.

What do you primarily use Waymo One for?

Waymo One allows my partner and I to be a one-car household and gives us options when we need to be in separate places. Additionally, as someone who does a lot of commuting by bike, I’m relieved when I’m riding near a Waymo because I don’t have to worry that it’s texting, drunk, or eating food. …


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At Waymo, we’re passionate about educating everyone on self-driving technology. While we’re working to increase access to our ride-hailing program, Waymo One, that allows people to experience and learn about this technology first hand, we also want to do our part to make resources available to those who have not yet experienced this technology. It’s especially exciting to educate kids on the subject, because, as people growing up with this evolving tech, they’re in a position to offer unique perspectives on the experience. …


Editor’s Note: In this “Why I Ride with Waymo” post, Nicole shares how driving with Waymo has made her more aware of how humans make some really unsafe decisions as drivers.

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Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m Nicole, and I’m a coach, mental health counselor, and college faculty member. I live in Chandler, Arizona with my husband and our three kids.

What was your first ride like and how has your opinion on self-driving technology evolved from that first ride to now?

First of all, I was beyond thrilled to become a Waymo rider. For our first ride, my children and I went to the Tempe IKEA. I was immediately intrigued by watching the steering wheel turn by itself. It reminded me of the Pianola. …


Our CEO John Krafcik took the stage at IAA Frankfurt auto show today to share more on our journey here at Waymo and where we’re going next. Here’s a recap of his remarks.

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Hallo, und guten Morgen! It’s an honor to be here with you in Frankfurt to kick off IAA 2019. I’d like to recognize Chancellor Merkel, President Mattes, State President Bouffier, and the other illustrious attendees here with us.

Today I’ll be introducing you to Waymo. First, we are not Google. And, we are not a car company. We’re also not a self-driving car company.

Rather, we are a technology company, building the world’s most experienced driver: The Waymo Driver. Our mission is to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around the world. …


Editor’s Note: In this “Why I Ride with Waymo” post, Winnie details how Waymo provides her newfound freedom today and how self-driving technology will give her generation even more independence in the future.

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Tell us a little about yourself!

Hello, I’m Winnie. I was born in Taiwan, attended school in California, and now live and work in Chandler, Arizona as a business intelligence professional. I feel very blessed that Waymo offers self-driving technology in my neighborhood and that I have the chance to be a rider.

What do you primarily use Waymo One for?

I travel regularly to California by bus, so I use Waymo One quite often to get to and from the bus station here in Phoenix so I can leave my car at home and avoid parking costs. I also use Waymo vehicles for running errands and exploring new places. …


By: Brandon Luders, Software Engineer

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The MIT/Delft Driverless team with Waymo at Formula Student Germany.

When I entered graduate school at MIT in 2006, self-driving cars were primarily a research effort, highlighted by the DARPA Grand Challenges. While those competitions sparked so much passion and interest in the field during my student days, the last Grand Challenge for self-driving happened over a decade ago. What’s inspiring to me is how today’s students and volunteers are now creating their own self-driving competitions.

This year, Waymo became a platinum sponsor of the MIT Driverless team, and I had the pleasure of meeting with the students as they prepared for and competed in Formula Student Germany for the first time in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Formula Student is an international design competition for students, but unlike other racing competitions, it’s much more than a race. Students from all over the globe form teams of 20 to 40 people with various backgrounds, ranging from mechanical and electrical engineering to marketing and communications, to design, build, test, and “sell” a prototype self-driving car to a panel of judges. The competition culminates in Germany where teams compete in a series of static events and place their vehicles through a grueling safety inspection. …


By: Ryan Powell, Head of UX Research & Design

We’ve had members of the public riding in our fully self-driving vehicles for over two years, first as part of our early rider program and more recently through our Waymo One commercial ride-hailing service. Now, we have over a thousand riders in Waymo One, some who have been with us since the very beginning and some who just took their first trip this week.

Whether they’re experiencing our self-driving service for the first time or the hundredth, every rider needs to trust our technology and feel comfortable and confident every step of their journey. …


By: Deborah Hersman, Chief Safety Officer

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My father-in-law was responsible for teaching all of his kids to drive. During the winter, he would ask, “How do we drive on the ice?” And everyone responded in unison, “We don’t!”

Challenging weather conditions, which affect human driver and vehicle performance, are one of the leading contributors to crashes on our roads. The Department of Transportation estimates that weather contributes to 21% of the annual U.S. crashes.

While self-driving cars and human drivers alike are limited by the performance capabilities of the vehicle itself, and there are environmental conditions that no driver, human or technology, should drive in, AVs have the potential to improve one of the greatest performance limitations: visibility. …

Waymo Team

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