It’s not just people who get to experience self-driving minivans in the Phoenix area.
On Wednesday, Google spin-off company Waymo announced a partnership with UPS, the package delivery service. Soon, Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will be moving packages around instead of humans. The autonomous driving company is more than a one-trick pony, expanding beyond its robo-taxi service in the Phoenix area called Waymo One.
It’s only in the Phoenix area to start, but Waymo vehicles will pick up items from UPS Store locations in Phoenix and bring them to a UPS facility in Tempe, just outside the city.
The pilot starts in the next few months and comes as Waymo is testing its own driverless trucks on long-haul routes through New Mexico and Texas.
Don’t get too excited about human-less cars for this, though. A very human safety driver will be monitoring the cars during the delivery pilot.
Fill up those Waymos.