Waymo is providing free WiFi and ad-free music streaming services on its self-driving taxis. Waymo is an Alphabet subsidiary that develops self-driving technology. The company is looking to expand the complimentary services that it was already providing in greater Phoenix as a test.
According to a news published in Reuters, the ad-free music shall be provided by Waymo’s parent company’s music streaming service, Google Play Music. It offers a range of playlists for the passengers to choose from while on the ride. The users can also link their own Play Music accounts with Waymo. The ride service from the company is called as Waymo One. The services cost roughly the same as other cab services like Uber and Lyft. Though there are drivers present in the cars just in case human assistance is required, they remain silent during the trip. The move is taken to ensure that the company can generate more profits in this highly competitive market of driverless cars and other rival cab services.
Waymo provides a range of features in order to make it appealing to a larger and mixed populace. All the vehicles from the company are identical to each other and come with a baby seat installed in them. The vehicles used for their services are Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Julianne McGoldrick, a company spokesperson, said that “Whether you want to catch up on emails or jam out to some of your favorite tunes using our music integration, we encourage riders to make this space their own.”
Though the music service was already available for a select number of vehicles as a test, the WiFi services are a new amenity that the company is looking to provide. The service in the future shall help the passengers to work while on the go. The company is looking to measure the productivity that it can generate through these services.