Those residing in the metro Phoenix area will once again start to see Waymo's self-driving vehicles hitting the road. On Thursday, the Alphabet Inc division said it will start redeploying its autonomous cars starting May 11.
Waymo first self-driving cars also went away eventually on April 7.on March 17 as the pandemic took shape in the US. However, it allowed its vehicles operating without any human safety drivers to continue operating. Individuals part of the early access program within the Waymo One ride-sharing service could still hail a ride that didn't include a backup driver. Those
This restart does not include theservice, a company representative told Roadshow. Monday's restart is "the first part of our tiered approach to safely resume our operations," the representative added.
Like so many other types of businesses, Waymo said it plans to closely monitor employee health and adjusted how workers interact. The changes include adhering to Centers for Disease Control guidelines, including social distancing, and increased disinfection of Waymo vehicles.
In the coming days and weeks, the company added it will also start to return vehicles to public roads in California and Michigan.