Waymo, Google's self-driving unit, has released a new video of Early Rider passengers reactions to riding in their self-driving, modified Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans.
In the 41-second clip below, expressions abound from ones of amazement to pure boredom as passengers carry out tasks, making casual references to the "future," how "weird" the experience is, and thanking the car as if it were an Uber driver.
This video highlights Waymo's aggressive marketing and informational push to educate the public on self-driving safety. Using a series of outdoor and digital advertising spots, such as its Lets Talk Self Driving website, messaging rallies around how the technology can "transform" lives with "drunk and distracted driving becoming a thing of the past."
A second video, released earlier this month, titled Waymo 360° Experience: A Fully Self-Driving Journey, shows how Waymo's vehicles interact with the wild using a series of graphical overlays and rear seat angle perspectives to explain how the technology works.
To date, Waymo has logged more than 5-million self-driven miles using its self-driving fleet across 25 cities. It plans to introduce a commercial ride-hailing service in Phoenix this year, using a smartphone app.
At the moment, Waymo operates roughly 600 vehicles, a number the brand looks to increase into the thousands in partnership with Fiat Chrysler.
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