Year Founded: 2009 (formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project)
Number of Employees: 1500+
Innovation Class: Applications & Markets Innovation
Innovation Subclass: Transportation
Level 4 driverless cars arrived in the U.S., albeit in a limited capacity, thanks to Waymo.
In October 2020, Waymo opened its Level 4 driverless robotaxi service, called Waymo One, to the general public in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans operate in about a 50-square-mile area in the suburbs of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Tempe.
Waymo has been testing its autonomous vehicles around Phoenix for years. Since 2017, some of the cars have had nobody behind the wheel, but that was only for certain tests and select riders. But now anybody can take a paid ride in a Waymo One driverless robotaxi around the clock, seven days a week.