Waymo: World’s First Fully Self-Driving Ride-Share Service Could Launch ‘This Fall’

The many predictions that fully self-driving cars won’t hit U.S. roads for a decade or more will be blown sky high if Google spinoff Waymo starts a ride-share service this fall with no backup drivers required. It would be a world first.

That’s what the company is aiming for, according to a new report. Waymo is “preparing to launch the first commercial ride-sharing service powered by self-driving vehicles with no human ‘safety’ drivers as soon as this fall,” online magazine The Information reported Oct. 3.