Google-Linked Self-Driving Car Company Waymo Could Be In Miami Soon

The days when Miami residents will be able to order a ride from a self-driving car, instead of a random Uber or Lyft driver, is approaching faster than you think.

Waymo, the Google subsidiary working on self-driving cars, has now hired a lobbying firm in the city of Miami, hinting that the company intends to start operations here soon.

Two lobbyists from Southern Strategy Group registered on behalf of Waymo with the city on May 22, records show.

The company is planning a ride sharing service that will compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft.

In March, Waymo placed an order for up to 20,000 all-electric Jaguar I-PACE self-driving vehicles, with testing said to begin later this year.

Eventually, Waymo cars will be outfitted with several different uses, such as eating, dining, or sleeping. Customers would have the option to order cars tailored to specific activities.

Miami is already on the leading edge of self-driving car testing. In March, Ford launched their first-ever fleet of autonomous vehicles here – the first such large-scale experiment for the company anywhere in the world. Those cars remain active on Miami roadways, and can be seen regularly driving throughout the downtown Miami area.

 

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A. Nonymous

Gonna need way mo’ testing before I’d feel safe in one.

Anonymous

Bring it on WAYMO! CAN NOT WAIT!

Anonymous

For those of you that are always complaining about parking and Cars…
these lobbyists are the one responsible for pushing of every citizen to have a car.

Anonymous

and also hinder Public transportation development!

Anonymous

Car ownership will become obsolete, sooner than you think. This is great news. I was reading in national news that Waymo is aiming to go live (not test) in the West Coast by the end of the year. Hopefully they choose us to!!

Anonymous

Honest question: self driving cars are going to be programmed to not break the law – so they won’t just randomly stop in the middle of the road blocking every lane of traffic so one person can slowly get out of the car? Or are these automated cars going to drive just like the current lyft/uber drivers?

Anonymous

This piece honestly sounds like it was written straight from a press release without any consideration for reality.

The Ford cars do not operate in autonomous mode. The days when we can hail an autonomous car are decades away based on where the technology currently stands and incidents plaguing autonomous beta testing across the country (from pedestrian deaths to flipping SUVs).

Calm down.

Anonymous

I’m glad you are one of the few people not buying the hype.

Anonymous

What are you talking about grandpa? Waymo is already live with real autonomous testing, as are many other companies. Waymo is officially aiming to start their autonomous taxi service (ala Uber but driverless) in the Phoenix area before the end of the year. Maybe that timeline is a bit aggressive, but it’s definitely coming sometime in 2019. Don’t worry about decades away, you’ll see it before you hit the grave.

Roy Jr

Driverless cars in Miam ? I’M pretty sure that’s not going to work-out among the selfish human drivers in the area

Anonymous

Get ready for more traffic.

Anonymous

And driverless cars, no less. A mindless catastrophe waiting to happen. Just wait until a car load of teenagers in an autonomous vehicle get on the highway with the rest of us on a Friday night.

Anonymous

And better flow thereof.

Anonymous

Prove they will not hit cyclists and pedestrians and then we can talk.

Anonymous

Barriers for ensuring safety of pedestrians and bikes are common in Europe and very effective. As the tech evolves and with other safety measures the chance of accidents will be greatly diminished from current risks.

Anonymous

Got it. About one step from outlawing people on the streets.

Anonymous

People shouldn’t be on the streets anyways. The streets are meant for cars. Footpaths are meant for people.

Gringo

Especially since last week self driving Uber slammed and killed that bicyclist.. awful, and it had video of the driver watching Hulu behind the wheel…that knocked my confidence way down….

Anonymous

Yeah, and can you believe it, some people blamed that cyclist for getting hit!

Anonymous

They wouldn’t have gotten hit if they used the crosswalk at the next light, jaywalking is illegal and that is what got that idiot cyclist killed alongside Uber deactivating the forward braking.

Anonymous

That was last year and was most likely human error. Pedestrians get hit daily crossing in the dark. Always human error. Driver or jaywalker or a combination.

Anonymous

It was not last year. The uber crash that killed the cyclist happened this past March 2018. It’s only been 3 months. The backup driver was found have been streaming Hulu instead of watching the road. The county is considering charging her with vehicular manslaughter. Google it.

Anonymous

Yeah and that was Uber, who had the automatic forward collision braking disabled, all while that fat slob was watching fucking TV.

Anonymous

Prove that human drivers won’t cause accidents, then we can talk.

Prometheus

Agreed. And while we’re at it, let’s require the same proof for human drivers.

Gringo

As of today, I’m very concerned about safety, however fast forward to the day that everything talks/links together will be much safer. As an engineer we are already preparing for recent NEC code changes, example DC micro grids for all homes, where your car is the power source, as you drive they will be inductively charged from the road, you will then connect to your home with wind solar array ..no more AC, Everything is going DC, your car batteries will be your power wall..these changes have already been written in the NEC 2017..if you think about it, most everything we use is DC, even washer machine motors are DC…

Anonymous

Self-driving are as fantastic as Metrorail expansions, and by “fantastic,” I mean “fantasy.”

Anonymous

Good thing all those new garages exist. Will ensure no waiting for a ride. This is a great solution for compact urban zones like Miami.

Anonymous

Can we test a self Driving Metro-rail instead?!

Anonymous

So excited to get in one. I was in the Self driving Volvo in Phoenix and it was a great experience. Still wondering when Tesla will get into the game, those cars practically drive themselves.

Anonymous

Take a poll City and county Mayors We DO NOT self driving cars That will put our families at risk of Death or injuries !! We wlll sue e you personally ad thgovernment entity you

marc

my brain hurts

Anonymous

but he is right, maybe a little. they shouldn’t be tested on our streets until they have proven not to hit and kill people.

Anonymous

No-one walks in Miami, seems like a safe testing Ground!

Anonymous

Miami too hot to walk!?

Anonymous

Kendall.. fixed it for you.

Anonymous

Selfing driving cars are safer

Anonymous

For who?

Anonymous

for everyone

Anonymous

Don’t be stupid. A computer will never be able to anticipate the many different intracacies involved in driving on heavily driven highways such as we have here in Miami and any other major city.

Anonymous

They’re already doing it.

Anonymous

Speak for yourself!