Waymo robotaxi app comes to the App Store

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Addressing one of Waymo’s self-driving minivans is on to get a little simpler.

The Latest Advancements At Waymo

One year later, starting its Waymo One self-driving car service in the Phoenix area, the company is introducing an app on iOS.

It is the newest signal that the company is crawling toward large-scale commercial service. 

Presently, Phoenix residents can download the Waymo app to their iPhone and sign up to travel in one of the company’s self-driving vehicles straight from their device.

Waymo, which turned out to become a business under Alphabet, started a limited commercial robotaxi service named Waymo One in the Phoenix city in December 2018. 

The Waymo One self-driving car service and the accompanying app was only accessible to Phoenix residents who were a part of its initial rider program, which strived to bring vetted ordinary folks into its self-driving minivans.

In April, the company placed its app on the Google Play store. 

Presently, one year later, Waymo One launched, it has eventually made its way to the App Store. 

The company has made enhancements to the app over the past many months, including explaining how rides are placed to speed up the process. 

Users can signal the car’s horn from the app, a highlight that Waymo says provides riders, including those with weak vision, a different way to locate their car at pickup.

All of these actions are making Waymo closer to fuller commercial service that will introduce driverless vehicles. 

Until lately, all acclaimed self-driving Waymos had a personal safety driver behind the wheel. 

The company started in November to put completely driverless vehicles into the line.

Waymo robotaxi app available on Android and iOS | iTMunch

The Difference Between The Old & New Version 

Technically, Waymo has already had Android and iOS apps for quite some time. 

Interested riders would only get access to the app after applying on the company’s website. 

Once admitted to the early rider program, they would be given a link to the app to download it to their device.

The facility to download and sign up for the service won’t provide users the type of prompt access they might expect. 

Instead, possible riders will be included in a waitlist. 

Once allowed, they will be capable to request rides in the app. 

Riders will first be requested to register the Waymo early rider program, which entails signing a non-disclosure agreement. 

Once on Waymo One, members can invite visitors and speak openly about their experience.

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