the road ahead
Waymo’s mission is to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. From moving people to moving goods, we’re using autonomous driving technology to get to new places. Our mission is big and our work has the potential to transform lives.
The Google self-driving car project beginsWe set out on a challenge to drive autonomously over ten uninterrupted 100-mile routes in our Toyota Prius vehicles. Months later, we’d succeeded in driving more autonomous miles than had ever been driven before.
First fully autonomous ride on public roadsWe explored what self-driving cars could be with the Firefly. These cars had custom sensors, computers, steering, and braking, with no steering wheel or pedals. That year, our friend Steven Mahan took the world’s first fully self-driving ride on public roads in Austin, TX. Steve is legally blind.
Waymo becomes an independent self-driving technology companyWaymo was established under Alphabet as a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.
Waymo's Early Rider Program beginsWe invited residents in Arizona’s Metro Phoenix area to join us in the first public trial of autonomous ride-hailing. Their feedback has been integral in helping shape our technology, service, and customer experience.
Waymo One launches in Metro PhoenixWe launched the world's first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan — our first vehicle built on a mass-production platform designed for and integrated with the Waymo Driver.
Fully autonomous rides ramp up within Waymo OneWe began offering fully autonomous rides to select Waymo One riders in the Metro Phoenix area.
Waymo opens up our fully autonomous, rider-only Waymo One service in Metro Phoenix to all members of the public
Waymo’s Trusted Tester research program beginsWe began allowing select San Franciscans to use our autonomous ride-hailing service for their everyday needs while providing valuable feedback that helps shape the future of mobility.
Waymo launches rider-only service to the public in SF
In early 2022 we began serving fully autonomous riders — with no human behind the wheel — to employees and the public alike through our waitlist and to Trusted Testers.
Waymo offers first-ever fully autonomous ride-hailing service to an airport
Waymo becomes the first autonomous ride-hailing service to offer paid, fully autonomous, 24/7 rides to and from an airport after launching rides at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Waymo serves its first fully autonomous rides in its next ride-hailing city: LA
After announcing that Los Angeles will be Waymo’s next ride-hailing city, we served our first-ever, rider-only rides in LA with employees.
Waymo autonomous fleet becomes all-electric
We transitioned to an all-electric fleet, bidding a fond farewell to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and committing to the Jaguar I-PACE across our Waymo One fleet.
Waymo One doubles service area in Metro Phoenix, adding Scottsdale
In May 2023, we connected our Downtown Phoenix and East Valley service territories in Arizona and added Scottsdale, making it the largest fully autonomous, paid ride-hailing service area in the world at 180 square miles.
January 8, 2024
From surface streets to freeways, safely expanding our rider-only testing
December 21, 2023
Dear Waymo Community: Reflections from this year together
December 20, 2023