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Waymo starts testing its autonomous cars in Atlanta

Waymo unveils a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Waymo started offering free autonomous rides in Phoenix last April as a way to promote its self-driving cars. The Alphabet-owned company has been trying to ramp up its own ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft, offering a driverless taxi service Waymo hopes to use in covering a region larger than London. Now, Waymo is expanding beyond Arizona, launching a test program set to launch in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to The Verge, Waymo started mapping Atlanta’s downtown last week for an up-to-date, accurate map of the area, an important dataset for self-driving cars.

The test program has seen the Waymo fleet cover 4 million miles, with a million of those driven in the last six months of 2017.

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In addition to Phoenix, the test program has been running in San Francisco, Austin and Kirkland, Washington.

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