Volvo Car Group has announced that Waymo will serve as the automaker’s exclusive Level 4 partner. The companies will work together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving technology – the Waymo Driver – into a new electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services. The partnership includes Volvo’s strategic affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International.
“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,” explained Adam Frost, Waymo Chief Automotive Officer. “Volvo Car Group shares our vision of creating an autonomous future where roads are safer, and transportation is more accessible and greener.”
“Fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety to previously unseen levels and to revolutionize the way people live, work and travel,” added 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 currently shares a similar partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, and Renault Nissan Mitsubishi. “We’re thrilled to welcome Volvo Car Group as our latest automotive partner,” Frost said.