Volvo Joins Waymo in Robo-Taxi Mission

Volvo has decided to partner with driverless mobility specialist Waymo in a bid to advance its own autonomous ambitions.

The Swedish automaker, including its affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International, are establishing a strategic partnership with one of the world leaders in fully self-driving technology development. The move comes after Volvo’s disastrous association with Uber that culminated in the death of a cyclist in Phoenix, Arizona.

The companies will first work to integrate Waymo’s technology, the Waymo Driver, into an all-new electric robo-taxi.

Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Car Group, said: “Fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety to previously unseen levels and to revolutionize the way people live, work and travel.” Waymo chief automotive officer, Adam Frost, added: “Volvo Car Group shares our vision of creating an autonomous future where roads are safer, and transportation is more accessible and greener. We’re thrilled to welcome Volvo Car Group as our latest automotive partner.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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