Early Rider FAQ
What is the early rider program?
The early rider program is an opportunity for residents in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area to have everyday access to Waymo’s self-driving cars and contribute feedback to shape the future of how our cars will work.
Who is eligible to apply?
The program is open to residents in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert. We’re looking to learn from people with diverse transportation needs who are willing to work closely with our teams to provide feedback. Apply here.
What are the next steps after submitting the application? When will I hear back?
You will receive a confirmation email from us within the next 24 hours, and we’ll reach back out if you've been selected to join our program.

While our goal is to bring self-driving technology to as many people as possible, please note that we're accepting a limited number of early riders at this time. We hope to expand our program over time, and if there's an opportunity for you to use our self-driving cars, we'll be sure to get in touch as soon as we can!

For more updates, please follow our blog and Twitter.
How can I remove or alter my application for the program?
You can simply submit a new application if your previously submitted application has become outdated. If you’d no longer like to be considered, please contact us and let us know that you'd like to remove your application for the early rider program, and reference the email address you signed up with.
Who can ride in the cars, where, and how often?
Early riders will initially be able to take rides within parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert. Our goal is to give our early riders everyday access to our cars, and we encourage them to take rides as frequently as possible.
Which cars will I ride in?
Early riders will have access to Waymo’s fleet of self-driving cars in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including our Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
Is the program safe?
Waymo’s mission is to make it safe and easy for everyone to get around. Since we started as the Google self-driving car project in 2009, we’ve driven more than 10 million miles, largely on complex city streets. Additionally, we have tested our software on over 7 billion miles of simulated driving.

Our goal is to develop fully self-driving cars that require no intervention, though as part of this early trial, there will be Waymo-trained drivers in each car monitoring the rides at all times.

Learn more about how our technology works and follow the progress we’ve made on the road.
When will the early rider program be offered in my city?
The early rider program is currently available in the East Valley of Phoenix Arizona, including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe. To stay updated on our progress, please follow our blog and Twitter.