Waymo describes the Trusted Tester program as a “research-focused” effort designed to help it collect feedback on its ride experience, with an emphasis on gathering information related to accessibility.
“We kicked off this program last week with a select few and are now expanding the program to all interested San Franciscans,” the company said. “We’ll begin with an initial group and welcome more riders in the weeks to come.” Much like it did in Arizona, Waymo won’t let the cars drive without supervision right off the back. The company will have employees in the cars to ensure its fifth-generation Waymo Driver technology doesn’t get lost on San Francisco’s tricky one-way streets and hills. The company also told Bloomberg passengers will ride for free.
The expansion comes after Waymo recently announced CEO John Krafcik was leaving the company to pursue other projects. Some saw Krafcik as being too slow to push the company toward commercialization.
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