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ATWATER, Calif.—I’ve never ridden in a car with no one in the driver’s seat before. Still, I wasn’t exactly blown away.

We’ve known for several years now that Waymo’s (previously Google’s) cars can handle most road conditions without a safety driver intervening. Last year, the company reported that its cars could go about 5,000 miles on California roads, on average, between human interventions.

On Monday, I was one of several reporters invited out to Waymo’s secret testing facility at the Castle Air Force Base in California’s Central Valley. There, I got a chance to ride in one of Waymo’s newest self-driving cars.

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