Waymo's slow-going in Arizona opens up U.S. robotaxi race
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By Paresh Dave and Hyunjoo Jin
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Waymo risks losing its lead in the U.S. race to prove robotaxis are a viable business as it sticks to a limited service and rivals backed by automakers near their own launches.
Companies including Ford Motor Co’s Argo AI and General Motors Co’s Cruise are competing for the billions of dollars in financing needed to automate driving through artificial intelligence software and expensive sensors.
Waymo has led the field. In the first and only fully driverless taxi service in the country, Waymo has driven thousands of people since opening a year ago east of Phoenix to anyone who downloads its ride-hailing app. And since August, hundreds in San Francisco have trialed cabs with safety drivers aboard.