Google’s autonomous cars will soon be heading to Arizona. Waymo, which is a part of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., will be the first company to offer self-driving cars to drive people around without the backup safety of real humans sitting in the front seat.
The truly driverless mini-van driving program will begin in Chandler, Arizona and then expand from there if all goes well. The first volunteers using the vans will be volunteers, but eventually people will be able to order the cars similar to how they do with ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.
While riding in the car, passengers will have access to a map on the back of their seat that shows them the route that the car is driving. There will also be functions allowing passengers to pull the car over if they feel the need to get out, as well as to call customer service in case they need something.