DETROIT: Waymo and the Volvo Cars Group have agreed to develop a self-driving electric vehicle designed for ride hailing use, as part of a new global partnership.
Waymo said on Thursday said it will be the exclusive global partner for Volvo Cars for developing self-driving vehicles capable of operating safely without routine driver intervention.
According to Reuters, Waymo will focus on the artificial intelligence and certain hardware, including cameras, lidar and radar, for the automated “driver.” Volvo will design and manufacture the vehicles. The companies said Waymo will work with Volvo’s global brands, including Polestar and Lynk & Co.
Waymo and Volvo did not say when or where they expect to launch their new ride-hailing vehicle.
The Waymo-Volvo deal marks a return by Waymo to its early goal of rethinking how cars that can pilot themselves should look. Since retiring its Firefly self-driving car in 2017, Waymo has retrofitted its software and sensors into conventional vehicles such as Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
Waymo also is developing technology for self-driving commercial trucks.