December 28, 2021
Zeekr, a brand of China’s Geely Holding Group, has announced it will collaborate with Waymo to develop a new pure-electric vehicle for deployment in the Waymo One autonomous ride-hailing fleet in the U.S.
The new purpose-built mobility vehicle is being designed and developed at Zeekr’s research and development facility in Gothenburg, Sweden (the China Europe Vehicle Technology Centre, or CEVT). Under the collaboration, Zeekr will design and develop the vehicle on a new proprietary and open-source mobility architecture. Waymo said it will take delivery of the vehicles in the U.S., and then integrate its fully autonomous Waymo Driver system into the vehicle platform.
The new vehicle will be designed to be rider-centric from the outset, aiming to set a new benchmark for autonomous vehicles, the companies said. The vehicle is designed for autonomous use cases, and will come with a fully configurable cabin, both with and without driver controls, that can be tailored towards rider requirements for the Waymo One unmanned ride-hailing fleet in the U.S.
“Zeekr was born on the ideals of equality, diversity, and sustainability,” said Andy An, CEO of Zeekr. “By becoming a strategic partner and vehicle supplier to the Waymo One fleet, we will be able to share our experience, ideals and provide our expertise in collaborating on a fully electric vehicle that fits Waymo’s requirements for this rapidly expanding segment in the global market for sustainable travel.”
Zeekr was founded in early 2021 as a global technology-mobility brand, with design and engineering resources in Sweden. The 001 was introduced in April 2021, with deliveries starting in October 2021.
More details on Zeekr can be found here.