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What it's like to ride first and only public robotaxi in U.S.

Waymo's self-driving car offers a smooth but time-consuming ride

The robotaxi carries cameras and bears the Waymo logo, but otherwise looks similar to other vehicles. (Photo by Yifan Yu)

PHOENIX, U.S. -- On a hot mid-April morning, I planned to visit the two chip plants that Intel is building in Arizona. In no mood to drive myself, I decided to give Waymo One, a fully driverless robotaxi service, a try.

The term "robotaxi" has been around for years, and companies worldwide are testing autonomous ride-hailing services with a safety driver behind the steering wheel. But Waymo, owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, was the first to provide commercial driverless taxis to the public.

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