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Naysayer Reality Check: Waymo's Self-Driving Taxi Debuts in Phoenix, for Free

• https://mishtalk.com, by Mish

It's time for a reality check.

A quick check of my calendar shows we are not quite halfway through 2017. And a quick check of headline news shows Waymo's Self-Driving Minivans Now Offer Rides to Real People in Arizona.

Starting today, residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area can sign up to go for a ride in a self-driving minivan. As often as they want. For free.

Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun off from Google late last year, announced today that it's offering its services to members of the public for the first time. Waymo is calling it an "early rider program," intent on cataloging how on-demand, driverless cars will factor into people's everyday lives. Interested participants can sign up on the company's website, and Waymo will select riders depending on the the types of trips they want to take and their willingness to use the self-driving service as their primary mode of transportation.

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