Waymo received approval Friday afternoon from the California Public Utilities Commission to operate a commercial robotaxi service in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Peninsula and on San Francisco freeways. Importantly, it opens up new territory for Waymo in one of the country’s largest cities and unlocks a route to the San Francisco Airport. Waymo has operated a commercial service 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the city of San Francisco since receiving approval from the commission in August. Waymo is also allowed to give people free driverless rides in parts of Los Angeles. Until today’s approval, it was not able to charge for rides in Los Angeles.
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The Swedish startup is announcing a number of partnerships that bring its Powerfoyle flexible solar cell tech to various products. Ahead of the big event in Vegas, the company has announced a pair of headphones fueled by Powerfoyle tech. There’s the over-ear Urbanista Los Angeles, which the company promises will deliver “virtually infinite playtime,” and the latest version of its Phoenix earbuds. This is the second-generation Los Angeles product, following a pair released in 2021 that was among the first products on the market to integrate Exeger tech. The company’s new Peltor brand headset also features a Powerfoyle cell built into its headband.
Waymo has been steadily testing its autonomous Jaguar I-Paces without a human safety operator, and it is now ready to commercialize robotaxi services in its second California city. This is…