Waymo says heavy rain represents a unique challenge to developing sensors for its autonomous driving systems .
This includes over 55,000 three-dimensional frames from cameras, Lidar and radar systems installed on its research fleet of autonomous cars.
Waymo already operates an autonomous ride-hailing fleet pilot in Phoenix, Arizona.
The deal is meant to explore all aspects of driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries.
Waymo will have the world’s first fully dedicated factory for autonomous vehicle production.
Waymo will establish an 85,000-square-foot center in Mesa to supplement the one already operating in Chandler.
Not all Arizonans like companies like Waymo testing self-driving vehicles on local streets.
The service launches in the Metro Phoenix area for early riders from Waymo’s research program.
The new self-driving taxi service will be launched under a new brand name .
The driver of a Waymo prototype took over and changed lanes, hitting a motorcycle.
Driverless vehicles will initially be restricted to five areas, which the company knows well, but will eventually expand.
Waymo has also surpassed 7 million miles in advanced simulators that recreate many real-world scenarios.