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Inside The City Where Waymo Tests Self-Driving Vehicles

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In Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, Waymo's fleet of 600 minivans shuttling people from place to place. Ordering one feels almost exactly like calling a Lyft or Uber, except for one thing: the vans drive themselves. Alphabet's Waymo has been testing self-driving vehicles in Arizona since 2017 and we got a look at what it's like. Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo has built the world’s smartest vehicles with access to the world’s best artificial intelligence, but there’s one barrier that it might have underestimated: people. In the last few months, the company has gained regulatory approvals, improved its driving systems using Alphabet’a AI assets and partnered with other auto manufacturers. Its cars have driven more miles than any other company’s. But the community closest to Waymo’s main testing grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, said that the human element remains complicated, from hiring more drivers and support staff to working with city officials and emergency response staff. CNBC visited Phoenix to check out Waymo’s progress earlier this month, weeks after the company launched its first actual business, Waymo One, a commercial robotaxi service in the Phoenix area. Meanwhile, competitors like Uber, Tesla and General Motors subsidiary Cruise are all planning their own self-driving car technology in a market estimated to garner $556.67 billion by 2026. » Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: https://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC Inside The City Where Waymo Tests Self-Driving Vehicles
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cxsian (1 day ago)
"FAT.UGLY.EXPENSIVE SENSORS!" -Elon Musk
Ben (9 days ago)
lets get our normal machines to work properly 1st before we trust our lives i the hands of those computers. I mean our home computers and home machines can't even operate perfectly past a couple years, what makes you think our cars if self driving will be able to? lol ... I will get a self driving car when they can get our machines to function well on a regular basis for longer periods. No point getting a car and have to change it every 2-3 years due to safety issues.
Chuckerz (14 days ago)
ONCE THESE HIT THE MARKET THERE WILL BE NO EXCUSE TO WHY ANY AGE OR STATUS A PERSON CANT "DRIVE" YOU WONT NEED A LICENSE
Greg Helton (15 days ago)
Waymo is not L4 if it knows how to drive n an area encompassing 100 square miles. L2 at the scale of a continent is exponentially more advanced.
moussa baradji aholi (22 days ago)
We have every right to a part of this! Embrace the idea that with Yang president there will be really change in USA AND THE WORLD #.YANG2020
arbaum19720517 (27 days ago)
I drive my own car thank you
From 0 2 100 (1 month ago)
2:16 "you get in the car and you have a seat, and it's pretty trippy" 🤣🤣🤣👌👍
اصطلاحي (1 month ago)
Technology further destroying our lives.
ray Gordon (1 month ago)
The problem with this is there is no margin for error. The first fatality involving one of these death traps will be the last. Also ask yourself how safe you'd feel flying in a Plane with an empty cockpit.
DaveyDoo (1 month ago)
good try guys...lol @ that motorbike
Aaron Anderson (1 month ago)
Google Andrew Yang #Yang2020
Rallye Cars (1 month ago)
yes take the fun out of driving.
Deejames daboss (1 month ago)
Wats the point of a self driving car if theres still someone still behind the wheel .... o thought this was a way to avoid some over them weird uber/lyft drivers
TruAgape1234 (1 month ago)
1:13. Must have been a Nissan.
Norrie Show (1 month ago)
I heard the ticket price on one of these is 750k so only the rich would be about to afford one! Once again the poor will not be able to enjoy ownership
Financierpro (1 month ago)
Goodbye Uber and Lyft drivers
Manny Teixeira (1 month ago)
I strong believe in science so bring it on. Maybe we can finally get break from Auto Insurance ridicules hike every year.
August XIII (1 month ago)
1247. Dear officers, . The first word you ever taught my daughter.. was "holdover." And reached into your uniform, grabbed .75 coins, a d paid for a bag of Original Lays Patato chips. Z are 5km.a loop tr p. In it 9 9q 7
Hendra Jordan (1 month ago)
Yang gang
Franklin Williams (1 month ago)
Jennifer Elias = Pizza Face 6:39
Amos Culbreth (2 months ago)
This is the beginning of Skynet
Szymon Zachariasz (2 months ago)
ive heard about this competition
Victor Facundo (2 months ago)
I still like to drive and make detours.
random person (2 months ago)
So are drivers going to pay to get re-trained in another job? Maybe we don't want to work at wal mart or retail. And some of us have medical issues preventing us from doing anything but drive. A solution is a guaranteed minimum wage for out of work drivers and/or schooling assistance.
ClintBeastwood (2 months ago)
They mask it like they want to prevent accident and blah blah blah but really these companies just want to cut cost on drivers . Good bye taxi, Uber, Lyft, UPS, Pizza delivery and truck and bus drivers. He said now people don’t need to be “stuck” in those jobs but now where are there people supposed to work. 11:46 “Whether or not autonomous vehicles are more safe than human drivers is beside the point, they’re more lucrative” smh
ITS GIANT (2 months ago)
More jobs gone and it doesn’t replace anywhere near the amounts of jobs lost so.... sounds great
ClintBeastwood (2 months ago)
ITS GIANT Exactly
JoJo modi (2 months ago)
Less good paying jobs = universal basic income = will shrink the economy = so less cars on the roads and those cars will go by the rest of the 99 % of ppl and throw them some high nutrient biscuits at the end of the month.
Whitetrash cowboy (2 months ago)
Where are the bus drivers and truckers going to work if we do this we don’t want to contribute to giving more profit to the 1 percent and shrinking the middle class even more putting more Americans on the streets
Jeferson Fickel (2 months ago)
Buses, Trucks and any vehicle that has a pre determined route should be the firsts to apply this to the real world
Philipp JUTZI (2 months ago)
Ground transport will fade out the focus goes to the wrong style of transport
Orfa iarumas (2 months ago)
Self driving cars should free up the hands of those stupid people of this tech gen who think it's more important to txt or check their FB posts.
Wavvysiah (2 months ago)
It’s gone be like watchdogs dudes gone hack the car and send you off a cliff
kyzmitch2 (2 months ago)
This stupid clipped me when it wanted to merge with highway
Marios Doumou (2 months ago)
5:45 software glitch
Ruemann (3 months ago)
No roadrage
Khiem Dee (3 months ago)
Yang2020
Tacke Reactions (3 months ago)
im so excited! cant wait until hundreds of thousands of people loose their jobs and people become even less social due to technology!
Aye Carumba (3 months ago)
Vehicles cannot and will never be autonomous. If there is an accident the passenger will blame the manufacturer and the manufacturer will blame the passenger which will result in the manufacturer exerting more control over everything and everyone.
Terrence Hewitt (3 months ago)
I guess we have to go through the autobot self driving cars, before we get the flying ones.
Arturo Glaspie (3 months ago)
Stuck at the jobs like flipping burgers 🤦‍♂️ not a dream ....but.it..helps to have the option if fallen on hard times..... til sumthin better
OwenSparks (3 months ago)
Tesla is the leader in Self Driving tech
Peter Nguyen (3 months ago)
This is what Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been talking about! #yang2020
Jesus (3 months ago)
Great idea!
North Eastern Roberts (3 months ago)
Tesla entered the chat
Molotov With Lux (3 months ago)
#gravitationalwaveastronomy
Gnoll (3 months ago)
That meals on wheels example was horrible. Autonomous delivery will be for people willing to walk out to the car, if you’re not willing to walk out to the vehicle then you’re not going to get the autonomous delivery and will have to pay extra accordingly.
Let There Be Truth (3 months ago)
Coming soon anonymous robot soldiers(i robot)
CrypDography (3 months ago)
Self-driving cars and Cryptocurrency are going to do so much for people's freedom. One can't really know who owns what crypto so it's really hard for governments to tax/steal it. With self-driving cars, police will have no reason to pull people over and write them tickets. The government is going to have it really rough in the near future.
FeverGaming (3 months ago)
This is what Andrew Yang has been saying!! 2020 Presidential candidate
manny flores (3 months ago)
All I see is job losses for everyone that relies on driving. Economy is only going to get worse. Get ready for the one world system is already here.
Callah Clan (3 months ago)
If it is a smart car, it can be hacked
Avant x (3 months ago)
How much do the car clears get paid vs being a driver LOL
Sean Barry (3 months ago)
Why in the world would they choose Chrysler Pacifica’s as their primary cat
Jordan Karps (3 months ago)
Ive taken waymo to work a couple of times and boy lemme tell you theres a ton of glitches. definitely not gunna be fully autonomous for a while
Erik M (3 months ago)
True road efficiency will depend on a majority if not all cars on the road autonomous. As an Uber driver am I mad: no. Does the country need policies that will prepare itself for the future: Andrew Yang.
00000000000101010 (3 months ago)
5:00 "Think about something like meals on wheels..." *facepalm* *unsubscribe*
00000000000101010 (3 months ago)
Keep bringing us those expert opinions CNBC.
00000000000101010 (3 months ago)
So let me get this straight...the fact that autonomous driving technology can't hand-deliver meals to elderly people's doors means we should do what exactly? Abandon the technology until a solution to this "problem" is found? XD
Moki Boki (3 months ago)
I live in palo alto in california. google headquarters is in the next town over and while its not legal here in california for the service to be open to the general public, they can still test them here. the rideshare service is only open to google employees here and you cant go 5 minutes without seeing one, if not more. I remember before it was waymo, when it was still called google self driving and they were mostly those tiny little dome shaped cars. they were so slow. nobody would want to be behind one. they really have come very far in the past few years.
terence w (3 months ago)
These r like white walkers. No one believes it until its here. And people are still laughing at Andrew Yang
Harry Willis Dick (3 months ago)
This Technology is great for drug dealers put drug in and pick up drugs no getting pulled over.
Mike Roberts (3 months ago)
What are some police departments going to do if vehicles are driving themselves and following traffic laws? Means higher fines for people who still drive their own cars and means they'd actually have to start going out and preventing crime like they where hired to do to begin with. This is going to be a huge strain on budgets for most cities! I find it good until the local government start abusing more of their powers.
ManiKenpachi (3 months ago)
The future is here.
Olivia Green (3 months ago)
They dont want anyone to own these vehicles? So we'll be forced to pay per ride forever when regular cars are fazed out? No thanks
Will marine (2 months ago)
@Olivia Green Your'e right, we should make sure that when self driving cars are implemented that the price is regulated by the government or competition. If one company owns all the self driving cars, and is the only one selling subscription services, then they will obviously be more expensive than our current system. However, multiple companies will need to exist and some government regulation will inevitably be involved. This hybrid system of regulation should make sure that one company can't take advantage of their consumers.
Olivia Green (2 months ago)
Will marine that would be ideal but I feel like companies would take advantage of the fact we can’t actually own them and will have no choice but to pay whatever they charge. Which could get more expensive than just owning
Will marine (2 months ago)
The long term goal is that you will pay a subscription. This will eliminate the time you spend on mantinence/upkeep. It will also mean that if you aren't driving your car won't be sitting around, making it hopefully cheaper.
Brick Hunter (3 months ago)
Waymo is a way ahead? I guess he never heard of Tesla. Waymo Wouldn’t last quarter mile in unpredictable real environments. Waymo vehicle only work in those Arizona streets, take it anywhere else...then what?
Preacher Kid aka BISHOPSON (3 months ago)
No jobs, no traffic, no speeding tickets, no insurance. Elimination of million of jobs as well as car ownership, dealers and mechanics. Many people are happy and excited until it affects them. 🤖 Jetson age is here 🚀
Israel Lara (3 months ago)
No hotels, no truck stops.
TubeBrasil (3 months ago)
A monkey could drive in Phoenix. Only wide straight roads. Waymo would not drive a block in Sao Paulo before freezing.
L (3 months ago)
We're getting closer to Wall-E
Matt DeKok (3 months ago)
When this technology reaches level 5 and is proven safe, let's bring it to mobile homes.
Qal R (2 months ago)
It will Never be 5 it is like saying "haha I got a computer never gets a virus never get hacked has no vunerablity"
03 AI (3 months ago)
Imagine that cars using American technology outperform Japanese and German cars.
Lyle Fox (3 months ago)
gotta love how people are slowly replacing areselfs.
MoodyTesla (4 months ago)
Vote for yang #yang2020
5252085 (4 months ago)
Why cant people understand what the term "autopilot" means. Tesla has perfectly named its software.
Blake Corcoran (3 months ago)
Agreed, if autopilot did what people seem to think it does, then we wouldn't need pilots.
john paul garcia (4 months ago)
Little by little knight rider car is becoming mainstream reality
rere439 (4 months ago)
One thing not mention in this vid. That the major citizen of that city is not an a**hole who have mind to hijack or destruct it
PRETTY GIRL POLITICS (4 months ago)
Can someone please tell Dan Albert that no one delivers food/pizza because they have nothing better else to do. They do so because it helps them earn a living as a job delivering food/pizzas/picking up & dropping off passengers. For goodness sake the autonomous vehicle will mostly benefit companies who want ro save money on labor cost, not to people who need jobs driving and delivering. Those jobs will be eliminated soon and cripple a certain percentage of today's workforce that commonly are doing delivery/driver jobs period. The only good thing about autonomous vehicles is yes the roads will be safe from lunatic drivers, drunk drivers, and human errors in driving that cause accidents on the road. This would also be great for people who take long road trips.
Telencephelon (4 months ago)
That video is moronic. Even if you drive better than a computer, you STILL have to drive. That is fun once on a new road but sucks with every repetition.
shepherdsknoll8 (4 months ago)
Is that really the future self driving car ? With that super structure on the roof, the spinning blue dome and spinning prisms on the sides , front and back ? ?
The Everyday Boy (4 months ago)
Navigate on auto pilot should be partial level 4. It changes lanes if the cars in front are slower than desired and overtake without confirmation and takes exit on its own.
Matthew Swanson (4 months ago)
WHy are people afraid of riding in autonomous vehicles when they're way safer. And yet there fine riding in human driven cars even though that's where all the accidents happen.
Matthew Theobald (4 months ago)
In the future if all cars are eventually autonomous then we could do away with speed limits. Car crashes would be a rare thing and traffic would pretty much disappear
ryan rayla (4 months ago)
This is another wasteful capitalist venture.
ryan rayla (4 months ago)
unnecessary automation
theTAILlor (4 months ago)
Self driving cars are like hand washing. The more people who do it, the more effective it will be
mongo586 (4 months ago)
For anyone arguing that this technology is harmful, hop on over to the 11'8" bridge channel. Then tell me how we don't need this tech.
R osso (4 months ago)
Goodbye uber drivers
fjizhang (4 months ago)
why don't they get rid of the steering wheel?
Nino Catacutan (4 months ago)
Just awesome!
Golden 47 (4 months ago)
So whose at fault if someone gets into an accident with a self driving car
Jennifer Garcia (4 months ago)
But they make Andrew Yang sound reaching.... YANG2020
Mind & Qi are One (4 months ago)
Andrew Yang 2020
truth tellor (4 months ago)
Becomes self aware and shuttles parts to build skynet and the terminator..
Dino (4 months ago)
Why keep wasting time in LIDAR....
PAW PALS (4 months ago)
You act like it don't need to stop for red lights saying it'll save us time from waiting at red light. Yes now we will be stuck at a red light in a tin can we cant control to take right hit a shortcut bc I'm in my neighborhood. Don't bring up time saving when there is non
PAW PALS (4 months ago)
O plz no one is using that junk ppl just use it when cargo and packages deliver bc of laziness!
Isaiah Santana (4 months ago)
I don't have to worry about Ubereats taking some of my food anymore.
Dan Kim (4 months ago)
#YANGGANG2020
Akari Insko (4 months ago)
In the future: self driving man
Lirst Fast (4 months ago)
That cop is in amazing shape for his age.
Robert PL9501 (4 months ago)
As cool as this sounds, I just cant go about trusting this stuff. One of my family cars, a 2018 CRV, has cruse control that automatically breaks and keeps the car in the lane but I turn all that stuff off because I feel like one day a sensor might go bad and I don't want to get into an accident because some sensor did not do its job. Even if this stuff becomes standard in passenger cars, there will still be a niche market for people like myself who will simply want something with two pedals (standard 3 pedal cars are going away yikes), a wheel, and some control.
Julian Keup (4 months ago)
everytime i read or watch something about Waymo in Chandler, Arizona, i have to think "Bing".
Romain Sandt (4 months ago)
The UBER accident scared people... it's sad but we wouldn't talk about it if it was a teenager with a phone behind the wheel. I just wonder how a Volvo XC90 with pedestrian detection, automatic collision braking and Uber autonomous tech, and a driver, failed to stop...