Driverless taxis are not free of labour costs

After years of work, Waymo - Alphabet's self-driving subsidiary - has finally unveiled its driverless taxi service. Dubbed Waymo One, it is available to locals in some Arizona suburbs.

To use the service, riders must download Waymo's ride-hailing app and provide a credit card number. This allows them to see price estimates before accepting a trip without a driver.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2018, with the headline 'Driverless taxis are not free of labour costs'. Print Edition | Subscribe