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Waymo reveals that it will expand its self-driving taxi fleet with Geely all-electric vehicles

Waymo will add all-electric vehicles designed by Geely to its autonomous ride-hailing solution. (Image source: Waymo)
Waymo will add all-electric vehicles designed by Geely to its autonomous ride-hailing solution. (Image source: Waymo)
Waymo has announced that it will add all-electric vehicles designed by Geely to its autonomous ride-hailing service. Waymo will modify the car with Waymo Driver so it can operate autonomously.

Waymo, the autonomous driving technology company, has announced that its robotaxis will use electric vehicles built by Chinese automaker Geely. It is working with Geely on a custom-built car for its autonomous ride-hailing service, Waymo One.

The Alphabet-owned company will integrate its Waymo Driver technology into Geely's Zeekr vehicle. The Zeekr will be re-designed for the Waymo One rider, optimizing comfort and convenience through features like generous legroom and low step-in height. The car has no steering wheel or pedals as it will be a fully autonomous vehicle; instead, a tablet is mounted on the dash where the driver would be.

Waymo Driver has an integrated system of software and hardware to enable the vehicle to understand the world around it. The car has radar, lidar and cameras for instant data gathering, which it combines with detailed maps and data from previous driving experiences to ensure passenger safety and journey efficiency.

The service is currently available in Phoenix, Arizona, where Waymo's current fleet comprises Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, modified with its Driver technology.

Waymo has described the collaboration with Geely as "an important step" towards its commitment to sustainable transportation through its electric fleet. Waymo plans to add this new car to the Waymo One fleet in the US, though no launch date is currently known.

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Polly Allcock
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I've been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I have loved gadgets and understanding how things work. Since graduating, I have worked for several technology companies across FinTech, AdTech and Robotics.
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Polly Allcock, 2021-12-30 (Update: 2021-12-30)