Waymo, Geely to partner on all-electric autonomous ride-hailing

Waymo, the autonomous driving arm of Alphabet, is partnering with Chinese automaker Geely to build an all-electric, self-driving ride-hailing vehicle.

The companies will integrate Waymo’s AV system, called the Waymo Driver, into a purpose-built vehicle from Geely’s premium electric brand, Zeekr.

The new model aims to set a new benchmark for autonomous vehicles with a very “rider-centric” design and layout. It will feature a fully configurable cabin, both with and without driver controls, that can be tailored towards rider requirements for the Waymo One unmanned ride-hailing fleet.

Zeekr CEO Andy An said “by becoming a strategic partner and vehicle supplier to the Waymo One fleet, we will be able to share our experience, ideals and provide our expertise in collaborating on a fully electric vehicle that fits Waymo’s requirements for this rapidly expanding segment in the global market for sustainable travel.”

Last year, Geely also established a joint venture with Chinese ride-hailing company Baidu, called Jidu Auto, which is set to unveil its first Level 4 autonomous driving technologies during the first half of 2022.

Source: Waymo | Expanding our Waymo One fleet with Geely’s all-electric vehicle designed for riders first 

8 January 2022

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