Waymo’s technology uses sensors to identify police or emergency vehicles by detecting their appearance, their sirens, and their emergency lights. Waymo is designed to yield as appropriate to these emergency vehicles no matter which direction they are headed.
If a Waymo detects that a police or emergency vehicle is behind it with flashing lights, it is designed to pull the vehicle over and stop when it finds a safe place to do so.
Waymo has established a toll-free 24-hour telephone hotline dedicated to allowing police, fire departments, and other first responders to communicate directly with Waymo’s professionally-trained specialists at any time during its testing and operation on public roads.
Waymo asks that emergency responders calling this hotline identify the numerical identifier of the vehicle in question, license plate, and any location information available.
Waymo briefs local authorities where it tests and offers a line of communication for further engagement. In some cities, Waymo also conducts on-site training to help police and other emergency workers identify and access its vehicles in emergency situations.