Waymo partners with Geely to make electric AVs for ride hail in the US – TechCrunch

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Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving technology division, has partnered with Chinese car maker Geely to produce all-electric self-driving ride-haling vehicles. The two companies will integrate Waymo’s AV system, Waymo Driver, into Geely’s Zeekr vehicle for use in the US market “for the next few years.”

Waymo does not offer a specific time frame when production will begin or these vehicles are expected to be launched, but the partnership is that Waymo is pursuing a multi-platform approach to OEM partnerships. Is shown. Waymo’s current Ride Hale Fleet Jaguar I-Pace And Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Offering autonomous driving in Phoenix, Arizona.. The company has also expanded its partnership with Fiat Chrysler’s car-owning Stellantis to include local delivery services. Waymo’s plans with Geely should not affect the company’s existing partnership, a Waymo spokeswoman said.

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Luxury EV brand Zeekr established by Geely in MarchLast month launched China’s first premium model, a sophisticated crossover. The Waymo version, which gives a more realistic look to the minivan, is custom designed and designed in Gothenburg, Sweden. When it ships to the United States, Waymo will integrate drivers, including LIDAR, sensors, cameras and other hardware, and software into the vehicle and deploy it within the Ride Hailing Fleet, the company said.

Zeekr’s vehicle is designed to be “rider first” with “flat floor, B-pillarless design, low step-in height, spacious head and legroom, and fully adjustable seats. Easy to get on and off. According to Waymo’s blog post. In anticipation of a completely unmanned future, the interior, which does not include a steering wheel or pedals, instead has a reclining seat, screen and charger within reach and stretches out. There is plenty of head and foot space to relax.

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