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America Is About to See Way More Driverless Cars

America Is About to See Way More Driverless Cars

The future of driverless cars in America is a promotional booth with a surfboard and a movie director’s clapboard. Robotaxis have officially arrived in Los Angeles, and last week, residents lined up in Santa Monica’s main promenade to get a smartphone code needed to ride them. For now, the cars, from the Alphabet-owned start-up Waymo, won’t leave the tame streets of Santa Monica. But in the coming months, they’ll embark on a multi-month “tour” of the city, heading to West Hollywood, downtown L.A., and several other neighborhoods. For the past decade, the two leading robotaxi companies, Waymo and Cruise, have been focused primarily on San Francisco and Phoenix, where they both already take paid passengers. But now they are expanding into new cities, adding millions more potential riders (and bystanders) into the mix. Last week, Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, launched its robotaxi service in Houston, and will also soon do the same in Dallas. In addition to L.A., where Cruise is testing and reportedly will soon expand, Waymo is kicking off in Austin, …