Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving business call service celebrated its first birthday on Thursday,media CNET reported. More importantly, Alphabet plans to adopt Waymo by 2020. Waymo said it would expand the ride-hailing service to more public users next year. It was not immediately clear how many passengers the service would accept, and the company said it did not have a “specific estimate.”
Waymo also announced plans Thursday to add Ave. for the iOS App Store, which may help.
A representative told CNET: “Ultimately, the app will make it easier for the public to sign up to travel with us, allowing us to add the public to our early passenger programs and public services more quickly and more effectively.” Waymo launched an app in the Google Play Store in April that people can also register on Waymo’s website.
Currently, Waymo One serves more than 1,500 passengers per month. Anyone interested in joining Waymo One Public Service or the Early Passenger Program will need to register and wait for notification. Participants can then take a ride on the self-driving Waymo in the Phoenix metropolitan area.