Waymo, the self-driving technology company which is a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet announced on Tuesday that the company has decided to open another technical service center in the Phoenix area. The expansion will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet, as reported by TechCrunch.
“We opened our first location in Metro Phoenix in Chandler, Arizona in 2016, the same year we started driving in the region. Since then, we’ve grown our team to hundreds of local residents,” the blog adds. The company launched its first commercial self-driving car called Waymo One on December 5, 2018
The company is all set to open its service center in Mesa, a nearby city in Phoenix’s East Valley. The 85,000 square feet area will help the company to expand its operations and also grow the fleet of Waymo One cars. As per the blog, it is the latest step in the growth and evolution of the company. This latest move will also create a number of job opportunities for the natives in the Phoenix region.
Speaking about the Waymo’s decision to expand its base in the city of Mesa, Mayor John Giles said, “Mesa is thrilled to welcome Waymo to our city where they will be growing and expanding their self-driving service and creating local jobs here in the city.”
The decision to select Metro Phoenix has been an easy one for the autonomous vehicle technology startup, as it provides a large area with broad and complex roads and also a suburban population that relies heavily on vehicle transport.
This is not the first time that the company is planning to expand its base in the area. “We expanded our full-service center in Chandler last year to 60,000 square feet to support our increasing operations in the region,” the blog adds.
Waymo has been driving in Arizona for more than two years and the citizens of Arizona have welcomed and embraced the self-driving technology and the promise of safer streets.