A Waymo employee has paired a time lapse of an autonomous vehicle operating in San Francisco to lo-fi hip-hop, which surprisingly blends well together.
We see 11 minutes of an autonomous Waymo Jaguar I-Pace EV driving in San Francisco and performing a number of (likely simulated) drop-offs and pickups instead of an studious anim girl . According to the first (7:42 a.m.) and last (9:01 a.m.) arrival times displayed on the middle panel, this movie is sped up and actually covers around 79 minutes of travel.
This came from a Waymo employee and was captured on a GoPro that was either put on the headrest or in the driver’s seat. The caption of the video mentions that this was a completely autonomous Waymo. In SF. throughout the day.
There are a few cuts (due to the GoPro overheating and battery dying), but overall this recording is very uninterrupted. The speed and other status messages are displayed throughout on the instrument cluster (e.g., Waiting for intersection to clear). Passengers have easier-to-view screens behind the front seat, and there is information in the mobile app as well ( and iOS ).
To help you conclude the workweek or start your drive home on the right note, Waymos Twitter account on Friday afternoon tweeted the video. The day it was posted, it had received more than a thousand views. It’s fascinating that YouTube in the 2010s promoted a video format that Alphabet-owned Waymo is utilizing today.
To promote its autonomous technology, the official Waymo channel should join in on this low-fi hip-hop trend. Waymo One, which aims to compete with Lyft and Uber, is already operating as a for-profit service in Phoenix and Arizona and is preparing to launch in San Francisco.