Waymo will begin driving autonomously in several central districts over the coming months.  -  Photo: Waymo

Waymo will begin driving autonomously in several central districts over the coming months.

Photo: Waymo

Waymo announced its next ride-hailing city will be Los Angeles, joining Phoenix and San Francisco as the company continues to expand to more locations.

“When we think about our next cities, Los Angeles jumps out,” said Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo’s co-CEO. “LA is a remarkable, vibrant place – and Waymo’s experience leaves us best positioned to tackle its driving complexity. We’re working closely with Angelenos to ensure we’re addressing the transportation needs and priorities of their communities as we bring the Waymo Driver to LA.”

Waymo did not offer further details on when it expects the service to begin.

Waymo said it remains the only company operating a fully autonomous, commercial ride-hailing service for passengers in Phoenix’s East Valley.

With approximately 13 million residents, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is one of the largest ride-hailing service areas in the world and the third largest in the U.S., with an estimated market opportunity of $2 billion in 2022, according to Waymo.

"If we want to change the car culture in Los Angeles, we need to give Angelenos real alternatives to owning their own vehicle – including a world-class public transportation network, a range of active transportation options, and the convenience of mobility as a service across our City,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “By adding Waymo to our growing list of ways to get around, we’re making good on our commitment to ease congestion on our streets, clean our air, and give people a better way to get where they need to go.”

Originally posted on Fleet Forward

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