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Breaking News: Volvo and Waymo partner to build self-driving vehicles

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, the companies announced Thursday. [1, 2]

The partnership entails for Waymo, a unit of Silicon Valley's Alphabet Inc., to work with Volvo's global brands, including Polestar and Lynk & Co. Waymo said it will be the exclusive global partner of Volvo Cars for developing self-driving vehicles capable of operating safely without routine driver intervention. Waymo will focus on the artificial intelligence for the software "driver". Volvo will design and manufacture the vehicles. 

Volvo Cars, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, has a separate agreement to deliver vehicles to ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc., that Uber will equip to operate as self-driving vehicles. Volvo Cars is continuing to deliver vehicles to Uber.

Partnering with Volvo 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 fitted its software and sensors into conventional vehicles such as Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Waymo is also developing technology for commercial trucks. Waymo will continue working with Fiat Chrysler, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. [2]

Written by Susanne Stenberg, RISE.


1. Volvo, Waymo Partner to Build Self-Driving Vehicles

2. Volvo Cars, Waymo Partner to Build Self-Driving Vehicles