Google’s Ride-hailing Service Waymo Testing Wi-Fi In Driverless Vans

Posted: Jul 8 2019, 8:36am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Google’s ride-hailing service Waymo testing Wi-Fi in driverless vans
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The service is reportedly being piloted in the greater Phoenix area.

In the age of connectivity when every person is hooked up to the internet, companies have to find means to make their products and services more appealing to the common customer.

One way to keep businesses alive and booming is how they are able to adapt to the present-day basic human needs. A lot of big and small businesses tend to cave in to one of their customers’ basic necessities, which is internet connectivity.

Almost all establishments, whether big or small — from hotels to restaurants, malls to cafés to nail salons — and just about anywhere you go to, business operators offer free Wi-Fi connectivity. However, there are limitations to this customer offering as Wi-Fi requires connecting a router to a network that is stationary, meaning a Wi-Fi service would not technically be a viable offering if a business is constantly moving on the road. Nonetheless, telecommunication companies have started offering mobile broadband modems to let customers take their internet on the go if connected to a mobile network.

Google, one of the world’s biggest tech companies, could soon tap into this customer service with its driverless car unit, Waymo, for its ride-hailing service.

Reuters reported that the move is part of the subsidiary’s strategy to better compete with ride-sharing pioneers and market leaders Uber and Lyft.

Waymo is reportedly testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in the greater Phoenix area in Arizona, where it has been operating hundreds of self-driving minivans for more than 1,000 users since December.

The move comes less than two months after Waymo also started rolling out ad-free music streaming for passengers through Google Play Music, another Google-owned service, which rivals Apple Music and Spotify.

Reuters said the Wi-Fi service is available to a group of users who are allowed to test features but are restricted from publicly sharing their experience. The news outlet cited two riders, who reportedly noticed laminated fliers with Wi-Fi instructions inside the vans in April.

If confirmed, the latest offering could be a good selling point for Waymo, but not quite enough since a number of phone users have a mobile data plan through various providers.

The news wire said Waymo declined to confirm when it started piloting the Wi-Fi service.

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