As the only developer of self-driving cars, Waymo has also always used the robotaxis as a surface for art. Even years ago, when the cute Firefly vehicles were driving around Mountain View, a considerable portion of the 60-vehicle fleet were adorned with art on the side doors. Here’s my little compilation of encounters with such vehicles a few years ago.
Waymo skipped this tradition with sthe ubsequent minivans, but brought it back with the Jaguar iPace in San Francisco. Jessica Lee, a San Francisco artist, was invited by Waymo to create art for the sides of the vehicles. She chose motifs from the various neighborhoods San Francisco is known for.
And now the day before yesterday I saw the first vehicle with such an art surface in front of me in the Mission District on 21st Street.
This article was also published in German.