Waymo’s app is now in the Google Play Store — but don’t expect to hail a driverless car right away

Waymo’s ride-hail app is now available in the Google Play Store for Android users, but don’t download it expecting to summon a self-driving car right away.
Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, officially launched its first commercial autonomous taxi service in the cities surrounding Phoenix late last year. But the app that riders use to summon one of Waymo’s self-driving minivans was only available via a private link in an emailed invitation. Now anyone can download the app and add their names to Waymo’s growing waitlist for riders — but depending where you live, you might be waiting a really long time.
a precursor to scaling up its commercial taxi service?
Adding the app to Google Play would appear to be a precursor…

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