Waymo to partner with Volvo Car Group to scale the Waymo Driver
Waymo announced that it is partnering with Volvo Car Group, and its strategic affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International, to be their exclusive global L4 partner. Through the strategic partnership, the company says they will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services.
“This key partnership with Volvo Car Group helps pave the path to the deployment of the Waymo Driver globally in years to come, and represents an important milestone in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle industry,” said Adam Frost, Chief Automotive Officer, Waymo. “Volvo Car Group shares our vision of creating an autonomous future where roads are safer, and transportation is more accessible and greener. We’re thrilled to welcome Volvo Car Group as our latest automotive partner.”
“Fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety to previously unseen levels and to revolutionize the way people live, work, and travel,” said Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Car Group. “Our global partnership with Waymo opens up new and exciting business opportunities for Volvo Cars, Polestar, and Lynk & Co.”
Waymo says it is partnering with some of the world’s largest automakers to realize its mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. According to the company, it focuses on custom designing its hardware suite, software, and compute. It then collaborates with the carmakers, leveraging their expertise in automotive design, engineering, and manufacturing, to help it create vehicles that integrate easily with the Waymo Driver, making them well-suited for ride hailing, local delivery, trucking, and personal car ownership.
In addition to this latest automotive partnership, the company has existing partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and Renault Nissan Mitsubishi (The Alliance), allowing it to advance the deployment of its Waymo Driver across a variety of vehicle platforms.
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