The key partnership with Volvo Car Group helps pave the path to the deployment of the Waymo Driver globally in years to come and represents an important milestone in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle industry
Waymo is now the exclusive global L4 partner for Volvo Car Group including its strategic affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International. Through this strategic partnership, Waymo will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride hailing services. In addition to the latest automotive partnership, Waymo continues to benefit from strong partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and Renault Nissan Mitsubishi (The Alliance), allowing the company to advance the deployment of its Waymo Driver across a variety of vehicle platforms.
On the path to building the World’s Most Experienced Driver, Waymo partners with some of the world’s largest automakers with an aim to realise its mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Waymo focusses on custom designing its hardware suite, software, and compute and then collaborate with carmakers, leveraging their expertise in automotive design, engineering, and manufacturing. This helps Waymo create vehicles that integrate easily with the Waymo Driver, making them well-suited for ride hailing, local delivery, trucking, and personal car ownership.
Adam Frost, Chief Automotive Officer, Waymo, said Volvo Car Group shares Waymo’s vision of creating an autonomous future where roads are safer, and transportation is more accessible and greener.
Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Car Group, said fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety to previously unseen levels and to revolutionise the way people live, work and travel and the global partnership with Waymo opens up new and exciting business opportunities for Volvo Cars, Polestar, and Lynk & Co.