Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service Waymo Expands to Desert Ridge, Downtown Mesa, Tribal Land

Waymo has expanded its service area by 90 square miles in Metro Phoenix, now covering over 315 square miles in the Valley, making it the largest fully autonomous service in the U.S.

“Metro Phoenix holds a special place in Waymo’s history and our hearts,” says Waymo Chief Product Officer Saswat Panigrahi. “It’s a privilege to continue serving Phoenicians and visitors alike, and our team is excited to offer access to even more popular destinations across The Valley.” 

With this new expansion, Waymo has stretched further into North Phoenix, as far as Desert Ridge. Now Waymo riders can go to and from more of Scottsdale’s key destinations and stunning golf courses, like TPC Scottsdale. Service has also expanded east to more of downtown Mesa, where riders can visit popular destinations like the Mesa Arts Center and Pioneer Park.  

Further, Waymo is the first in the autonomous vehicle industry to operate on tribal land. In partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Waymo riders can now access the Talking Stick Entertainment District including the Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, TopGolf and more. 

“The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) is excited to announce its partnership with Waymo,” says SRPMIC President Martin Harvier. “This collaboration marks a significant step forward in our commitment to innovation and sustainable solutions. Waymo’s proven track record in developing and deploying autonomous technologies gives us confidence that this initiative will revolutionize the way people travel within our city, enhancing accessibility, safety, and efficiency for residents and visitors alike.”

Waymo offers rides to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport transit stations. This is the only airport service of its kind in the world. Currently, they are testing 24/7 curbside airport pickups and drop-offs with employee, with plans to extend this service to the public soon. 

“I’m thrilled about Waymo’s expansion to North Scottsdale and the exciting new option for curbside drop-off at PHX, which will give me more flexibility with my travel plans,” says Tempe resident and Waymo One rider Scott Martin. “My rides so far have been seamless, convenient and reliable, ensuring a stress-free journey every time. With intuitive technology and effortless navigation, Waymo makes me feel like I’m living in the future!”Waymo’s latest expansion marks another milestone in the autonomous driving market.

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