Volvo to use Waymo’s self-propelled technology for electric robotics fleet flow
Waymo is an “exclusive global L4 partner” for Volvo Car Group The two companies announced on Thursday.
This means that Volvo will combine Weymo’s autonomous driving technology, which is widely considered one of the best in the world, in the fleet of electric robotics, which will be deployed at some point in the future. The deal also applies to two Volvo subsidiaries, its electric manufacturing company Polestar and Chinese Lynk & Co. brand.
“Fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety at unprecedented levels and revolutionize the way people live, work and travel,” said Henrik Green in a Volvo CTO statement. “Our global partnership with Waymo opens up new and exciting business opportunities for Volvo Cars, Polestar and Lynk & Co.”
L4 refers to the taxonomy of the Automotive Engineers Company (SAE) for autonomous vehicles, commonly referred to as SAE levels, which have become the global standard for self-driving cars. In the case of Level 4 or L4, vehicles can operate without the steering wheel of a human driver, but only in a certain geographical location and under certain conditions, such as good weather. Outside the city of Phoenix, Arizona, Wimon operates 4 levels of cars.
Volvo is the fourth carmaker to commit to including Waymo’s AV technology in its cars. The subsidiary of the alphabet also has agreements with Nissan-Renault, Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover. Volvo plans to release several EVs in the next few years, including charging the XC40 և Polestar 2.
Volvo previously had an agreement with Uber to deploy a self-propelled taxi fleet until 2019, but that plan was thwarted after a Uber test car hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, in 2017. The Swedish carmaker still has a partnership. With Uber’s autonomous division, last year the two companies introduced a self-developed version of the Volvo XC90 SUV.
In 2017, Weimon sued Uber for allegedly stealing some autonomous equipment. The two companies settled next year. Uber is now considering whether it might be necessary to sign a licensing agreement with Weimo or make changes to its own vehicle technology project, despite an investigation that found some of Waymo’s projects still used by Uber.
“This agreement does not affect the supply of Volvo Cars cars with Ulber,” said a spokesman for Volvo. “We will continue to build an autonomous car for Uber.”
Volvo also plans to sell partially automated cars to customers equipped with LIDAR sensors made by the newly formed US Luminar. The manufacturer of the car said that its vehicles will be able to move independently on the highways without human intervention, and the production line will start coming out in 2022.
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