Waymo fleet begins 'exploring' Los Angeles
The company has not yet committed to launching its self-driving taxi service in the city.
Waymo has announced that its fleet of self-driving cars has expanded to Los Angeles, though the company has not confirmed immediate plans to begin giving rides to the public.
"Our cars will be in town exploring how Waymo's tech might fit into LA's dynamic transportation environment and complement the City's innovative approach to transportation," the company wrote on Twitter.
The exploratory project is said to involve just three Chrysler Pacifica minivans that will be used to create a detailed 3D map of the area. The vehicles will initially be operated manually by a human until the mapping is complete, according to The Verge.
Waymo is currently continuing its commercial pilot project in the Phoenix, Arizona, suburbs before rolling out to additional markets. Los Angeles is the second-largest US city and has notoriously horrible traffic congestion, potentially creating a unique opportunity for the self-driving taxi company.
For now, Waymo does not appear to be in a rush to expand its public ride program to new regions.