Volvo Cars & Waymo partners for self-driving EVs
Waymo and the Volvo cars Group have announced their partnership to develop a self-driving electric vehicle designed for the ride-hailing purpose as part of a global partnership.
Volvo Cars & Waymo partners for electric self-driving cars
Waymo an American autonomous driving technology development company said that it will be an exclusive global partner for Volvo Cars for developing self-driving vehicles which can be driven safely without routine driver intervention.
It will focus on the artificial intelligence and certain hardware, including cameras, lidar and radar for automated driver and the Volvo will design and manufacture the vehicles. Waymo will work with Volvo’s global brands like Polestar and Lynk & Co. However, the partnership did not disclose when and where they will launch their new ride-hailing vehicle.
Volvo owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co has also signed an agreement to deliver vehicles to ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc that Uber will equip to operate as self-driving vehicles. Volvo Cars continue to deliver vehicles to Uber.
The Volvo SUV operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in 2018, the Uber’s development of self-driving vehicles technology was disrupted.
XC40 electric SUV in India
Volvo is currently evaluating the feasibility for its XC40 Recharge electric SUV in the Indian market. The company wants to slowly phase out the ICE only models with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is planning to launch its XC40 electric SUV in India.
The company announced that all the vehicles that will launch globally will be electrified and India is also one of them. This electric SUV is available in international markets. The company’s first model Volvo XC90 was launched in 2019 and it has started assembling the XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV in India at its facility. We can also expect that the XC40 Recharge will also assemble in India.
Specifications of XC40
It features two 150 kW electric motors. It has 78kWh lithium-ion battery pack ad it’s electric powertrain produces a 402 bhp and 659 Nm of peak torque.
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