Close
Close

Published

With eyes of the world on it, Waymo’s ride-sharing gets soft launch

In the wake of the Uber crash death and the resulting increased scrutiny, Waymo is launching its commercial ride-sharing service to the early test customers that have been its beloved guinea pigs. Should the Waymo One service prove successful, Waymo can use the success in Arizona to convince other states that they should approve its operations – using self-driving cars to create a highly optimized fleet service. Of course, Waymo has to prove that this system is profitable. Wage costs are certainly one of the most significant costs on a per-mile-driven basis, but the cost of the fleet has to be considered too. Whether the higher upfront costs of a highly complex vehicle will be offset by lower operating costs…

Close