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Waymo, Zeekr partner on autonomous ride-hailing EV

The vehicle is designed for autonomy and will come with a configurable cabin, both with and without driver controls.

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Geely Holding Group’s (Geely) brand, Zeekr, will collaborate with Waymo on the development of a new pure electric vehicle for deployment in the Waymo One autonomous ride-hailing fleet in the United States.

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The vehicle is being designed and developed at Zeekr’s R&D facility, CEVT (China Europe Vehicle Technology Centre) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Under this collaboration, Zeekr will be designing and developing the future vehicle on a new proprietary and open-source mobility architecture. Waymo will take delivery of the vehicles in the United States and will then integrate its fully autonomous Waymo Driver into the vehicle platform.

The new Zeekr vehicle has been designed for autonomous use-cases and will come with a fully configurable cabin, both with and without driver controls, that can be tailored toward rider requirements for the Waymo One unmanned ride-hailing fleet in the U.S., the companies say.

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