That, Waymo announced today, is why it's partnered with AAA to educate kids about AAA School Safety Patrol members from a few states to witness how it works.and the technology. Not only do the kids get a chance to speak their mind about the technology, but Waymo brought in
Members from Northern California, Nevada and Utah were all invited to Waymo's closed-course facility to see how the cars react to various situations. The overarching partnership with AAA will seek to educate everyone about self-driving cars and to gain their trust. And Waymo says it thinks the youngsters can offer up a fresh take on the technology.
Since children today are growing up at a time when the technology is rapidly evolving, Waymo says it wanted to hear their perspectives on how it can improve road safety. One elementary school student said self-driving cars "would definitely be a lot safer since the people who are distracted aren't in control."
It's this kind of perspective Waymo says it wants to hear to ensure it remains focused on the top safety priorities. The student's teacher added that it's important that any autonomous system ensures the safety of children, too.
Waymo has been busy working on its own ride-hailing program called Waymo One. As a beta, selected riders can hail a self-driving Waymo vehicle to take them to their destination. The company said it wants to keep expanding the program. Maybe someday, a self-driving car will take the kids to school.