10:00 PM | July 26 2020
Volvo Car Group partners with self-driving technology leader
An all-new, fully self-driving vehicle for ride-hailing services is planned as part of a new partnership between Volvo Car Group and Waymo.
The Volvo Car Group – including its strategic affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International –is establishing a strategic partnership with Waymo, a world leader in the development of fully self-driving technology.
Waymo is the exclusive Level 4 (L4) autonomous-drive technology partner for the Volvo Car Group. The companies will first work together with the intention to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving technology – the Waymo Driver – into an all-new, mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services.
Level 4 autonomous-drive technology, as defined by SAE International, requires no human interaction. It is only one step away from the highest Level 5, which completely eliminates any human involvement.
Above: Henrik Green, Volvo Car Group’s chief technology officer.
“Fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety to previously unseen levels and to revolutionise the way people live, work and travel,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Car Group. “Our global partnership with Waymo opens up new and exciting business opportunities for Volvo Cars, Polestar and Lynk & Co.”
Waymo’s chief executive officer, Adam Frost, said: “This key partnership with Volvo Car Group helps pave the path to the deployment of the Waymo Driver abroad in years to come, and represents an important milestone in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle industry.
“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.”
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