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Sept. 30, 2021—A recent study from Arizona State University suggests some sectors of the general public are excited for the expanded use of autonomous vehicles.

The findings come from a six-month-long pilot program conducted by the alley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority of Greater Phoenix and AV tech company Waymo from September 2019 through March 2020, according to a report from Transportation Today.

All participants were older or disabled residents in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and after the program a majority said they found AV services to be "safe and convenient," and in some instances found them more preferable to ride-share or taxi options. 

“This pilot study is unique in that it was the first one to deploy a true AV-based mobility-on-demand service for members of the public to use for their regular daily trips,” Ram Pendyala, director of a multi-university research consortium sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, said. “Participants could summon rides with a smartphone app, just like they would for Uber or Lyft, and take Waymo AV rides to work, shopping, dining and more.”

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