Driverless vehicles take autonomous cars to a new level where people can hail a taxi and be driven to their destination without dealing with a human driver. Companies like Waymo have developed technology to allow for this self-driving experience. However, there are some challenges with Waymo that need to be addressed. Here’s a look at Consumer Report’s experience riding a Waymo taxi and a problem the reviewers had.

What sets Waymo apart from other taxi services?

consumer reports discusses drop-off challenges with waymo’s autonomous taxi

Waymo Self-Driving Car | Getty Images

Waymo, formerly Google’s project vehicle, is trying to offer services like Uber, except this one drives itself. According to Consumer Reports, the reviewers were able to hail the minivan by going to the Waymo app and requesting a ride in Chandler, AZ.

Once the ride was set up, the app showed them where the van was while en route to their location, letting them know when to expect its arrival. Once there, they climbed into the second seat.

In front of them was a screen that allowed them to control the vehicle, letting it know they were ready to go or if they wanted to make a stop on the way to their final destination. The minivan took off from there, making all the necessary steering changes and braking to adjust to the driving situations around it.

What are Waymo’s drop-off challenges?

“With over 1 million global deaths on our roadways annually, the opportunity to improve safety is clear. The tragic, often preventable loss of life is unacceptable.”
Check out @Waymo co-CEO @techtekedra in @Entrepreneur 100 Women of Influence this year:

— Let's Talk Autonomous Driving (@LTADpartners) October 13, 2022

As impressive as the self-driving vehicle is, it isn’t without challenges. One is regarding dropping off customers. Consumer Reports shared an experience the reviewers recently had where a Waymo van dropped off a rider who happened to be a blind student traveling alone. The problem was that the minivan dropped the individual off at the back of a large parking lot.

The reviewers were waiting to interview the student and a Waymo representative, who recognized the issue and ran to escort the rider across the lot and into the building.

That wasn’t the only issue the Consumer Reports team dealt with. At the start of the ride, after being picked up, the van had trouble figuring out how to exit the lot and turn onto an empty street. The team experienced some abrupt braking, but the vehicle finally figured out what to do, and the ride was relatively smooth afterward.

Are self-driving vehicles finally here?

If you missed it yesterday, I got a pretty big scoop (for me, anyway): Autonomous driving startup Waymo announced the Waymo Accessibility Network as a means to partner with the disability community on building accessible self-driving tech.

— Steven Aquino (he/him) (@steven_aquino) October 7, 2022

We’re definitely another step closer to having a driverless vehicle chauffeuring us around town from one of many companies, including Cruise. However, it seems to still be a little ways away from becoming a reality. Some wrinkles still need some ironing out, but Waymo is at least moving us forward.

Even Consumer Reports feels that we’re not quite at a point where humans aren’t overseeing the ride. While the reviewers were riding to a destination, agents would periodically call to inquire how things were going.

Waymo also has a team of people that will respond immediately should the vehicle get stuck somewhere or gets into a situation where an agent has to intervene. The van also comes with cameras, so support is always keeping tabs on every ride to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible, even when the vehicle gets pulled over.

So far, the Waymo driverless service is set up in a few select locations, including San Francisco, California.

Driverless vehicles aren’t quite here yet, but companies like Waymo are moving us closer to that goal. Once some of the issues, like the ones that happen when dropping riders off, are dealt with, we just may be at a point where self-driving vehicles will become more mainstream.

Keyword: Consumer Reports Discusses Drop-off Challenges With Waymo’s Autonomous Taxi


Best cars for a 'Love Bug' remake

Tennessee’s Yard Art The Thorndyke Special The Hot Rod The Hippie Van Jim’s Lamborghini Growing up, it’s safe to say my absolute favorite movie was Disney’s “The Love Bug.” As a kid living in a world before Pixar’s “Cars,” it was pretty much the best car movie. I loved ...

View more: Best cars for a 'Love Bug' remake

Audi timing belt tensioner prompts Utah bomb squad visit

An aftermarket timing belt tensioner found in a Salt Lake City apartment prompted a visit from the bomb squad this week after it was mistaken for a potential explosive device. Police partially evacuated the apartment complex in which it was found “out of an abundance of caution” and called ...

View more: Audi timing belt tensioner prompts Utah bomb squad visit

2023 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 will get more expensive

GMC Sierra HD pickups are about to get more expensive again after recently becoming more expensive, according to GM Authority. In July, GMC and Buick raised the prices on certain vehicles in their lineups anywhere from $975 to $1,675 by making the previously optional OnStar a standard feature. Next ...

View more: 2023 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 will get more expensive

Our week with EVs: Recapping the diverse collection of electric cars we tested

Mercedes-Benz EQB First Drive Review: Next electric Benz is a little different 2022 Chevy Bolt EV Road Test Review: Time to play EV, gas or airplane 2023 Genesis GV60 Road Test Review: The third of Hyundai Group’s E-GMP EVs is the fastest, but softest It may be hard to ...

View more: Our week with EVs: Recapping the diverse collection of electric cars we tested

Europe car sales lowest since 1996 after 12-month decline

BERLIN – Europe registered the lowest number of new passenger cars in the month of June this year since 1996 at just over 1.06 million vehicles, with some carmakers seeing sales drop by nearly 50%, data from Europe’s automobile association showed on Friday. Volkswagen Group was the hardest-hit major ...

View more: Europe car sales lowest since 1996 after 12-month decline

More Than Just A Carmaker: Toyota Motor PH Launches Toyota Mobility Solutions

Automotive industry leader, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) inaugurated today Toyota Mobility Solutions Philippines, Inc. (TMSPH), a wholly owned subsidiary that will be a provider of mobility-related services. TMSPH ventures into the development and offering of a range of ‘new mobility solutions’ that will enhance Toyota as a brand ...

View more: More Than Just A Carmaker: Toyota Motor PH Launches Toyota Mobility Solutions

'F1 22' feels fast and familiar | Gaming Roundup

‘F1 22’ impressions ‘Construction Simulator’ is launching Sept. 20 Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. This week in racing game news: ‘F1 22’ impressions At its core, “F1 22,” the latest installment in the F1 ...

View more: 'F1 22' feels fast and familiar | Gaming Roundup

Watch a single-engine plane crash-land on 91 Freeway in California

A single-engine Piper Cherokee airplane was forced to crash land on the 91 Freeway in California after losing power about 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles. Yes, that means this was a very busy highway, practically bursting at the seams with traffic. No, amazingly nobody died, either in the ...

View more: Watch a single-engine plane crash-land on 91 Freeway in California

Ford files 'Mustang Dark Horse' trademark application

Make adventures more comfortable with high-quality Jeep grab handles

New Lucid Air variant to debut & Stealth Look to be on display during Monetary Car Week

Chevy offers incentives to prevent Corvette Z06 flipping

Average U.S. gas price falls below $4/gallon

German court: SUV driver must pay more than a car for running red light

Australian vehicle crash tests to include underwater performance

Toyota C-HR rumored to get revamp next year and an EV version

Geely's electric Zeekr 009 is an EV Alphard we never had; 700 km, 542 PS, top speed 190 km/h

A Newey, Brawn and Anderson row that shows F1 doesn’t change

Sorry, EV buyers, you won't get to pick your own pedestrian safety sounds

There won't be enough copper to meet climate goals, study indicates


Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network