Waymo adds custom EVs from Chinese company Geely to its robotic axi fleet


In the future, Waymo’s robot-axi fleet in the US will feature electric vehicles built specifically for the service by Chinese automaker Geely. The Alphabet company is working with Geely to create a version of its recently launched all-electric Zeekr vehicle that is tailor-made for autonomous driving. Waymo has detailed and rendered renders of the custom EV, which was designed in Sweden, in a blog post.

It has no steering wheel or pedals, as you would probably now expect from a purely autonomous vehicle – where the traditional cockpit would be, there is a tablet that most likely serves as a navigation and infotainment system. Waymo said they modified the vehicle and gave it a flat floor for more accessible access, generous head and legroom, reclining seats and chargers throughout. The company will then incorporate its Driver technology, which includes its software and hardware components such as cameras and sensors, into the vehicles.

Waymo’s current ride-hailing fleet consists primarily of Jaguar I-Paces and Chrysler Pacifica hybrids that have also been modified with its technology. While it didn’t specifically name its vehicles, a spokesperson told TechCrunch that the partnership with Geely will not affect its current partnerships. The company also did not mention when passengers will be able to ride the Geely vehicles, only that they will be added to the fleet in the US in the coming years.

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