Waymo One Sets Its Sights on Four Cities by 2024

A person about to enter a Waymo autonomous Jaguar on a busy city street, showcasing the integration of self-driving cars in urban life in 2024.

Redefining Urban Travel with Autonomous Rides

Imagine stepping into a future where your ride to work, the grocery store, or downtown for a night out doesn’t involve a human driver. That future is almost here, and it’s being brought into reality by Waymo.

In an announcement that feels like it’s leaped straight out of a science fiction novel, Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo’s co-CEO, shared at SXSW that their fully autonomous ride-hailing service is expanding to four major cities this year, starting with Los Angeles and Austin. This isn’t just a technological leap; it’s a giant stride towards transforming how we think about urban mobility, promising safer, more comfortable, and accessible transportation options.

“Once an unimaginable future, autonomous driving is now a real-world way of getting around for tens of thousands of people each week,” Tekedra Mawakana remarked.

Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo’s co-CEO

The Cities in Focus

  • Starting in Los Angeles
    The city of angels is where Waymo One will kick off this ambitious expansion. Initially offering free rides within a 63 square mile stretch from Santa Monica to Downtown LA, the service will transition to a paid model soon after. It’s a bold move, especially with over 50,000 people already on the waitlist, eager to be part of this futuristic commuting experience. Waymo One’s approach here is thoughtful, aiming to integrate into the community gradually and sustainably.
  • Next Up: Austin
    Austin, known for its vibrant culture and tech-savvy population, is on deck to welcome Waymo One to its streets later this year. Currently, Waymo employees are the test riders, cruising across 43 square miles of the city. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Waymo, revisiting the city where it first made history with public autonomous rides. The anticipation is palpable, with both Waymo and Austinites eager to see how this service reshapes local transportation.
  • Community First
    Los Angeles residents have already made Waymo One a part of their daily routines, using it for everything from shopping trips to nights out. Impressively, the service boasts an average trip rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. This enthusiastic adoption speaks volumes about the service’s reliability and the community’s readiness for a future powered by autonomous technology.
  • Commitment to Safety
    Safety isn’t just a buzzword for Waymo; it’s the foundation of their expansion. With over 10 million miles driven autonomously and billions more in simulation, Waymo’s commitment to a safe, reliable service is unmatched. This meticulous preparation ensures that the leap to new cities isn’t just about growth but about setting a new standard in ride-hailing services.

Looking Forward

The expansion of Waymo One is more than just a tech milestone; it’s a vision of the future where technology enhances our daily lives in tangible, meaningful ways. As we stand on the cusp of this new era in transportation, the excitement is about more than just convenience; it’s about embracing a safer, more connected urban life. With Waymo One, the journey into the future isn’t just a possibility—it’s a ride we can all look forward to.


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