Here Come the Robotaxis: Waymo Set to Deploy in L.A.

Driverless car company Waymo already operates autonomous taxi fleets in Phoenix and San Francisco. On deck: Los Angeles.

The company, owned by Google parent Alphabet, said Wednesday it plans to make L.A. its next market. “L.A. is in the top three ride-hailing markets in the United States and globally,” said Saswat Panigrahi, the company’s chief product officer. “The commercial opportunity is huge.”

The company has been mapping Los Angeles using human drivers since 2019. Next, a spokesman said, trained drivers will test out Waymo’s robot taxi service on L.A.-area highways and neighborhood thoroughfares, with runs downtown, along the Miracle Mile, and in Koreatown, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.

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