Volvo Cars and Waymo have announced a collaboration agreement to create a self-driving electric vehicle for robotax services.
Waymo, part of Alphabet Holding, said it would be Volvo Cars’ exclusive global partner in the development of autonomous cars capable of safely transporting without driver intervention.
Waymo will focus on artificial intelligence and developing the necessary equipment, including cameras, lidar and radar, for an automated “driver”. Volvo will design and manufacture cars. The deal also extends to two sub-brands of Volvo – electric vehicle manufacturing company Polestar and China’s Lynk & Co.
Volvo, owned by the Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, has a separate car supply agreement for Uber Technologies Inc., a taxi company, which will be equipped for use as self-driving vehicles. Last year, companies introduced a jointly developed version of the Volvo XC90 crossover with autonomous control.
“This agreement does not affect Volvo Cars’ agreement on the supply of vehicles with Uber– said a Volvo spokesman, referring to a deal with Waymo. – We will continue to supply vehicles ready for use with autonomous driving technology for Uber“.
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