Waymo and China's Zeekr partner to develop driverless taxis

Waymo and Geely's Zeekr partner to develop driverless taxis
Waymo and Geely's Zeekr partner to develop driverless taxis   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p> – China’s Geely Holding said its premium electric mobility brand, Zeekr, will make electric vehicles for Waymo, Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit, to be deployed as fully autonomous ride-hailing vehicles across the United States.</p> <p>The vehicles will be designed and developed at Zeekr’s facility in Sweden, and later integrated with Waymo’s self-driving technology, Geely said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Waymo said it would introduce the vehicles to U.S. roads “in the years to come.” </p> <p>Concept images Waymo published on Tuesday show a roomy, low-to-the-ground minivan with seating for about five riders and sliding doors on each side serving as the lone entryways. </p> <p>Waymo is the first and only fully driverless taxi service in the United States. It has driven thousands of people since launching the service a year ago in Phoenix.</p> <p>The partnership with Zeekr will help Waymo expand its driverless ride-hailing service in the face of increased competition, and also create inroads for Chinese brand Geely into the U.S. market.</p> <p/> </div>