Volvo and Waymo together create electric robotaxi

at Volvo Cars, part of the Chinese holding Geely automobile and Waymo (owned by Google – the owner of Google) announced the conclusion of partnerships in the market of unmanned electric taxi. Under the agreement, engineers Waymo will provide Autonomous driving technologies and equipment (including cameras, lidar and radar), and Volvo specialists will be responsible for design and production.

In a joint press release stressed that Waymo was selected as the exclusive technology provider of the 4th level of automation (Level 4), which, subject to certain conditions (such as favourable weather) does not require the presence of a person behind the wheel of a smart transport. Some “cars of the future” type of Level 4 nursing Google is already testing outside of Phoenix (Arizona, USA).

the Terms also apply to two subsidiaries of Volvo – manufacturer of sports driving electric cars, Polestar and Chinese brand Lynk & Co, writes The Verge. New electric cars of the company, including XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2, will be released within the next few years.

Volvo became the fourth carmaker, have agreed to integrate technology Waymo in their products. Earlier, the “daughter” of the Alphabet had entered into agreements with Nissan-Renault, Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover.

Previously, Volvo had hoped with Uber to deploy a self-driving taxi Park by 2019. The company abandoned the project after high-profile accidents involving Uber robomobile in 2018, caused the death of a pedestrian.

Text: To.Hi-tech