Waymo will resume its driverless operations on Monday, May 11 starting in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the first part of Waymo’s tiered approach to safely resuming its U.S. operations.
Back in March, it suspended its driving operations in response to Covid-19 to ensure the safety of employees and residents in local communities.
It’s also announced several steps to ensure its team’s safety and well-being as it begins to resume operations.
These include: redesigning how its employees work and move in its facilities; new personal health & safety training; increased cleaning and disinfection and health monitoring.
In a blog, Waymo states: ‘We’re taking a thoughtful and measured approach towards bringing our driving operations back on the road. We’ll begin driving in other cities in the days and weeks to come, including San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles, and the resumption of our driving operations in these locations will similarly be guided by ensuring the safety and health of our team in line with CDC and state and local guidance’.
Waymo began a limited trial of its self-driving taxi service in Phoenix in April, 2017.