Curious riders now have the opportunity to go for a spin in Waymo Driver-equipped electric
JaguarI-Pace SUVs in both cities, with the rollout of the Waymo One Trusted Tester program.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of the program, and find out how you can catch an automated ride.
How is Waymo making the Jaguar I-Pace "autonomous?"
Waymo has been honing its software’s driver automation skills in the Bay Area for more than a decade, but this latest generation of Waymo Driver is rated SAE Level Four.
This equates to "high automation," meaning that the "system controls all aspects of the driving tasks, including when a driver doesn’t respond appropriately to requests to intervene," according to
Level Five, "full automation" is the highest rating, and would mean that no human intervention would be needed for operation. No vehicles with ratings above Level Two ("partial automation") are sold in the U.S., according to
Given Waymo Driver’s current rating, the Jaguar SUVs will operate with a safety driver on board.
What is the Trusted Tester program?
The Trusted Tester program launched in San Francisco in August, and it’s a win-win situation for everyone. It enables folks to take a taxi ride in a highly advanced autonomous vehicle and give feedback on their experiences. This feedback helps to shape Waymo’s improvements to their evolving technology.
How can you catch a Waymo Jaguar I-Pace taxi?
To book a ride, all you need to do is download the Waymo One app and make an account. The app will connect you to the current fleet of I-Pace taxis, which are cleared to operate only in specific geofenced areas of the city at the moment.
MarketWatch, the lucky participants who get to ride in one of the Jaguars will do so for free, but they won’t be permitted to bring guests and they must agree to a nondisclosure agreement.
Looking to the future, it is difficult to estimate exactly what the fares and operational logistics of autonomous taxis will look like, but programs like Waymo’s will help to gather important data that could make driverless taxis feasible on a broad scale. As autonomous vehicle technologies evolve to meet
stricter regulationsfor passenger and road safety, hopefully we will one day see fully autonomous Waymo taxis in major cities across the country.