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Waymo has announced that members of the general public will be able to take a Waymo robotaxi, with no human safety operator behind the wheel, between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Downtown Phoenix. 

The company has said that the service is available at 44th Street and Washington PHX Sky Train Station and will be the first of its kind autonomous airport service. The service will be available round the clock with no human driver. 

Service areas in which customers can catch autonomous rides in San Fransisco and Phoenix, are rapidly expanding. 

“Our progress in two of the most popular ride-hailing cities in the country is accelerating,” said Saswat Panigrahi, Chief Product Officer at Waymo. “As we add more neighborhoods and vehicles to our service in San Francisco and Phoenix, we’re excited to bring the safety and mobility benefits of round-the-clock autonomy to more people in more places.” 

Earlier this month, the company began inviting members of the general public to experience fully autonomous rides in San Fransisco for the first time. The public service area covers a large portion of the city, including every neighborhood along the 17-mile Crosstown Trail.  

Members of the public have taken tens of thousands of trips since they began inviting San Franciscans to ride with Waymo in August 2021, and tens of thousands more have signed up to the waitlist, says the company’s press release. 

Waymo are also doubling their rider-only service in Downtown Phoenix, connecting their aitport service to all the downtown area.  

“Phoenix is leading the future of mobility and modernizing how the world will experience travel,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “The exciting technology offers our customers an additional option for traveling to the airport in a clean, sustainable and technologically advanced mode of transportation. The future has arrived in Phoenix!” 

Waymo has said that the service expansions in San Francisco, Phoenix and to Phoenix Sky Harbor will offer riders many more opportunities to use fully autonomous service in ways that are meaningful to their daily lives.