Phoenix International (PHX) Becomes First Ever Airport to Use Rider-Only Autonomous Vehicles

December 18, 2022

This past Friday marks an important milestone in the history of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, as Waymo has officially launched its first public autonomous vehicle service for the first time ever in a major airport

The service is currently offers travelers the opportunity to use fully self-driving vehicles for their transportation needs.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego arrived at the 44th Street and Washington PHX Sky Train® Station in a Waymo vehicle.

“Phoenix is leading the future of mobility and modernizing how the world will experience travel,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “The exciting technology offers our customers an additional option for traveling to the airport in a clean, sustainable, and technologically advanced mode of transportation. The future has arrived in Phoenix!”

Waymo also announced an impressive expansion of their Waymo One service area in Downtown Phoenix: The expansion provides greater access to safe, convenient transportation services for both local Phoenicians as well as travelers passing through the area. 

In early November, Waymo began offering its Trusted Tester participants the opportunity to take autonomous rides to and from downtown Phoenix and the airport with an autonomous specialist present in the vehicle. 

Now, Waymo has removed the autonomous specialist from the vehicle and anyone can now hail a Waymo to ride between the airport and downtown Phoenix.

Rides are available 24 hours, seven days a week in Waymo’s fully electric Jaguar I-PACE equipped with the fifth generation Waymo Driver. Pickups and drop-offs occur at the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station where travelers can hop on the free PHX Sky Train® direct to the terminals. Trains arrive and depart every few minutes.

This new service comes two years after Waymo opened its fully autonomous commercial ride-hailing service, Waymo One, to the public in the East Valley of Phoenix; and builds on the company’s strong partnership with the City of Phoenix.

  • So exciting and a little scary- great idea- maybe, let’s see how it goes, without any issues- I would be nervous that the door and seatbelt would not let me out. (Just because that’s my Phobia). Exciting and I think it will be great! I have seen these test cars everyday driving the route with the test person and never noticed a problem. I am sure this will be great!

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