Waymo Early Riders Can Hail Actual Driverless Minivans Now

Self-driving taxis are (finally) here.

Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, and Mesa—Phoenix suburbs with near-perfect grids dotted with homes and big-box stores, the occasional golf course, and the state’s largest university—are now the proving grounds for a major development in autonomous transportation.

Self-driving vehicle company Waymo, a Google spinoff owned by parent company Alphabet, is embarking on new territory: shuttling a group of early riders in self-driving vehicles without a human test driver behind the wheel. Waymo CEO John Krafick released a video (see below) and talked about the move during a session Tuesday at the South By Southwest conference in Austin.