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Waymo is set to become Volvo’s exclusive level 4 autonomous drive partner thanks to a new deal inked by the companies.
The deal will see the auto manufacturer and the tech company working together on a new “mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services” that Volvo will manufacturer. Waymo, meanwhile, will provide the artificial intelligence for the system.
Beyond that, it is unknown how the two companies will collaborate. While the Google-owned Waymo will be Volvo’s only partner for level 4 autonomy, the tech company will continue to work with existing partners like FCA, Jaguar, Renault, and more.
The other vehicles in the Volvo Cars Group, like Polestar and Lynk & Co, will also benefit from this deal. Again, though, what that will look like on the road is still a little hazy.
“Fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety to previously unseen levels and to revolutionize the way people live, work and travel,” said 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.”