Waymo robotaxis now completing 50,000 paid trips a week

Waymo robotaxis are now completing more than 50,000 paid trips a week in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, according to a post on social media by the Alphabet-owned company.

The company has for several years had permission to operate its robotaxis without anyone behind the steering wheel, paving the way for paying passengers to enjoy their ride with no one else inside the autonomous car.

‘We see people from all walks of life use our service to travel carefree, gain independence, reclaim their commute and more,” Waymo said in its social media post. “Fully autonomous ride-hailing is a reality and a preferred mobility option for people navigating their cities every day.”

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Waymo. Over the years, its vehicles have proved controversial for their threat to the human-powered taxi industry, while the technology has sometimes led to some disruptive and downright dangerous situations on public roads.

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