Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Nov 2017 23:05 UTC

Waymo recently hosted a number of journalists at its private Castle testing compound, and treated us to rides with no safety driver behind the wheel - now, the former Google self-driving car company is going farther still, however, launching public road tests of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans with no safety driver on board.

The tests aren't limited to one or two routes, either; the test area where the truly driverless trials are being conducted is in Chandler, Arizona (part of the greater Phoenix metro area), and the cars are able to go anywhere within this defined space. It’s hard to understate the importance of this milestone: Waymo is operating at full Level 4 autonomy, sharing public roads with human-driven cars and pedestrians, with no one at the wheel able to take over in case things don't go as planned.

All my friends live at least an hour's drive away from where I live (assuming no traffic, which is a big assumption in The Netherlands). That's not a long drive by standards of large countries, but for us, it is, and since it basically comes down to a boring drive over a few boring highways in a boring part of the country, it's mind-numbingly tedious.

I can't wait until I can just sit down on the backseat of my car, tell it to drive to Amsterdam or wherever else my friends live, and just chill for an hour with some YouTube or webbrowsing. I know we're not there yet, but I hope I can at least experience that at one point in my life.

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RE: Comment by The123king
by darknexus on Fri 10th Nov 2017 13:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by The123king"
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Clearly, you don't live in the US. Take public transport here, particularly where I live, and you're asking to be jumped and mugged if you show the slightest hint that you have anything expensive on you. Given the nature of my job I'm usually working or taking calls during travel, and the last time I rode the transit around here a knife fight broke out right in front of me. So, no thanks. I'll stick to Lyft.

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RE[2]: Comment by The123king
by JLF65 on Fri 10th Nov 2017 18:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by The123king"
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That's not so bad in most places. The WORST parts of US mass transit are: 1 - the hours are inconvenient; unless you work 9-5, you can be screwed in finding a bus/train. 2 - since they have to pick up people everywhere, it takes forever to get anywhere; making routes helps, but that often means you need transfers to get where you want to go. When I was going to college, it took 2 hours and three transfers to get there... 4 hours if traffic was bad. 3 - mass transit is so sparse in the US that it's badly overcrowded, particularly for the primary hours for going to or from work. Some times the bus is so crowded, they stop picking people up as they can carry no more. THEN you have to wait for the NEXT bus and hope THAT ONE isn't overcrowded as well.

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