After suspending them at the end of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Waymo has introduced it will resume driving operations on May 11 in Arizona.
Waymo will begin its driving operations in the Phoenix region again, a decision the company says it made after discussions with “our groups, partners and local and state authorities,” before restoring them in other cities, along with San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles.
Arizona’s stay at home order expires on May 15; however, academic experts have expressed concern that Arizona hasn’t reached the peak of its COVID-19 pandemic yet, and some who labored with the state authorities said they had been asked to pause work on projections and modeling.
The corporate’s announcement says this is the first step in a “tiered approach to soundly resume our operations,” beginning with its test fleet after which ultimately offering Waymo One, its self-driving experience hailing service, again.
Waymo stated it’s following safety steerage from local and state governments, in addition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). Safety measures Waymo has carried out embody requiring personnel to put on face masks in its facilities or vehicles, except someone is driving alone in a car and a partnership with AutoNation to scrub cars a number of times a day.
The company says it has also restricted most capability and put in social distancing guidelines for its work areas, created health and security training for its group, and will work with occupational healthcare providers to screen people before they enter facilities.