California Gives Waymo The Green Light To Start Charging For Rides in LA

  • Date: 03/03/2024

The driverless ride-hailing company Waymo has just cleared a major regulatory hurdle to expand in Los Angeles: It can now start charging for rides, and it's allowed to drive up to 65 mph on freeways.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which regulates self-driving cars as well as ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber, gave the go-ahead to Waymo in a decision Friday.

Waymo, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, has not announced when they will start charging for rides or when the cars will start driving on freeways. In a Feb. 29 interview with TechCrunch, Waymo CEO Tekedra Mawakana said that the company is planning to expand their operations in Los Angeles but didn't give a timeline.

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