Waymo’s new app lets you hail a self-driving car—but don’t get too excited just yet

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If you were hoping to hail a self-driving car from Waymo, you better live in the Phoenix area — and be prepared to wait even after downloading the app.

The Waymo app is now available on the Google Play app store for the first time, but it’s not like Uber or Lyft, mostly because once you download it you have to join a waitlist. Only after you’ve been accepted can you start ordering rides. The pricing for rides in the Phoenix area is apparently similar to rides on other ride-sharing services.

Waymo One, which is run by Google, has only been available for the past few months to about 400 “Early Riders,” or approved service users who give feedback about the rides. With the app now available, it looks like more people will be able to experience the robo-rides, although it’s not on Apple’s App Store yet. (Waymo said it’s working on an iOS app, but it hasn’t determined a release date.) Read more…

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