Waymo launches iOS app as it reflects on first year of its robot taxi service

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Waymo’s robot taxi service in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, turns one year old on December 5th. To celebrate, the Alphabet company is taking a step toward wider expansion by making its ride-hailing app available in Apple’s App Store.

Waymo’s app has been available to download from the Google Play Store since April 2019, which makes sense for a company spun out of Google back in 2016. Bringing the app to iOS, though, signals that the company is interested in expanding its customer base — even while its service area stays hyper-localized in the towns east of Phoenix. As such, there are still a few hurdles to jump through before you can begin hailing a self-driving car from your smartphone.

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Author: Andrew J. Hawkins