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Drive.ai launches self-driving taxis in Texas

Drive.ai will launch its autonomous cab-hailing service in Frisco, Texas

Driverless car company Drive.ai is planning to field its vehicles in Frisco, Texas, in the framework of a self-driving ride-hailing service similar to the one Waymo is kicking off in Arizona.

The company, founded in 2015 by a bunch of former Stanford Artificial Intelligence researchers—Brody Huval, Carol Reiley, Fred Rosenzweig, Joel Pazhayampallil, Sameep Tandon, Tao Wang, and William Song— is famous for emphasising the importance of creating autonomous vehicles that can interact meaningfully with people through visual signals.

As a part of this new project, Drive.ai taxis will be initially only available to the over 10,000 members of  a residential community— Hall Group.  The cars will only move within well-defined geographical boundaries , picking passengers upon from preselected locations and dropping them off at fixed destinations.

The service will debut in July, and go on for six months; it will include security drivers.

“Self-driving cars are here, and can improve the way we live right now,” company CEO Sameep Tandon said in a press release. “Our technology is safe, smart, and adaptive, and we are ready to work with governments and businesses to solve their transportation needs. Working with the City of Frisco and Frisco TMA, this pilot program will take people to the places they want to go and transform the way they experience transportation.”

“Today definitely marks a mobility milestone for our entire region,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said in a press release. “It also gets us closer to achieving one of our council’s ‘Top Ten’ goals, which is to improve traffic throughout Frisco, one of the fastest growing cities in the country.”

Drive.ai is also working on another autonomous cab-hailing service project, jointly with Uber’s arch-rival Lyft, which should take place in the San Francisco area.

Image via Drive.ai/YouTube

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