Waymo begins gradual recovery of self-driving fleet: first return to Phoenix

People living in the Phoenix metropolitan area will once again see Waymo’s self-driving cars on the road,media reported. On Thursday, local time, Alphabet said it would redeploy self-driving cars from May 11. On March 17th, when a new corona virus pandemic hit the United States, Waymo cut back on its fleet for the first time.

Waymo begins gradual recovery of self-driving fleet: first return to Phoenix

At the time, however, the company allowed its vehicles to continue operating with autonomous driving. But on April 7th the self-driving cars finally disappeared on the road.

A representative for the company told Roadshow that the reboot did not include the Waymo One service. Monday’s restart was “the first step in our safe rating to resume operations,” the representative added.

Like many other types of businesses, Waymo says it will closely monitor employee health and adjust the way employees interact. These changes include adherence to CDC guidelines, including maintaining social distance and enhancing the disinfection of Waymo vehicles.

In the coming days and weeks, the company will also begin to resume vehicle operations on public roads in California and Michigan.