In Phoenix last week, I did what insurance folks do in Phoenix. I hunted down an autonomous vehicle. I even took a picture:
The ‘W’ on the rear window stands for Waymo, the Google/Alphabet division that is probably the leader in developing driverless technologies.
Depending on which insurance thought leader you talk to, driverless vehicles will revolutionize our business or destroy it. I’m a skeptic: We will have driverless cars; everyone will use them, but not for another 20-plus years; and they will not be the death of auto insurance.
Google’s not-so-secret testing facility is just south of Phoenix, in Chandler. I couldn’t find it on Google Maps (it’s a secret, surprise surprise), but I could find Chandler City Hall. In an adjoining lot sat three or four bubble-headed Waymos. They are eerily identical Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Each is white. Each has the same bubble brain on the same spot of the hood and the same aqua-and-sea-green W logo. And, though they are white, the desert sun reveals no hint of grime.
I parked across the street and began my stake-out. Continue reading Ridin’ with the Waymos