Google’s self-driving cars are coming to Atlanta

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Atlanta could be next for a full-fledged self-driving car program, following in the footsteps of Phoenix, where Google-owned Waymo is already picking up residents in cars with no drivers. Waymo tweeted Monday that it has targeted the Big Peach for an evolving series of self-driving car tests.

In addition to Austin and Phoenix, Atlanta provides another relatively snow-free environment for Waymo to test its vehicles. The city, which is very flat, is incredibly car-centric, too; only 16 percent of households are without a vehicle. Atlanta’s metro system, MARTA, hasn’t expanded much since the 1980s. But in 2016 residents voted in favor of a half-penny sales tax increase to fund a $1.2 billion light rail loop along the BeltLine, a former rail corridor that’s been transformed into a park and trail. New transit centers would be built and the underperforming Atlanta Streetcar would extend east and west to connect with the BeltLine.

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