Waymo: new Robotaxi platform, + new service in Phoenix

Who knows which companies will be able to provide large-scale, high-volume robotaxi service profitably? It looks like we’ve come a long way in recent years, with Waymo and Cruise now providing limited robotaxi service in some markets. Of course, they are far from profitable, but every step forward seems crucial. On that note, Waymo just took two notable steps forward.

First, after a few years of operating in a small part of Phoenix (East Valley), Waymo is finally coming downtown. On November 10, Waymo began operating its commercial driverless services in downtown Phoenix. Earlier this year, Waymo also announced that it would soon begin operating paid robotaxi services in San Francisco and Los Angeles as well.

Image courtesy of Waymo

Waymo also recently announced that it will begin providing paid robotaxi services to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Image courtesy of Waymo/Geely.

Additionally, last week, Waymo announced that it has developed an all-new mobility platform in collaboration with Geely Group and its subsidiary Zeekr. It’s “designed specifically for fully autonomous transportation,” writes Waymo. Discover a brief overview of the new robotaxi:

See also these preview photos:

Image courtesy of Waymo

Image courtesy of Waymo.

Image courtesy of Waymo.

Image courtesy of Waymo.

Image courtesy of Waymo.

Image courtesy of Waymo.

Image courtesy of Waymo.

Until now, Waymo has used the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Jaguar I-PACE for its self-driving robotaxi services. According to our information, one of these new Waymo vehicles was recently spotted on a test track (in camouflage).

Zeekr’s new platform that Waymo will use will also be available for other robotaxi services. “Good news for global cyclists who prefer a safe, effortless and relaxing way to get around – future driverless mobility products are now possible as Geely Holding Group’s premium electric mobility brand ZEEKR launched the SEA-M architecture,” writes Geely. “Vehicles can become a place to entertain friends, a mobile office for meetings, a room where the kids can study, or a chill-out lounge to kick back and take some ZZZ. Users simply step inside and relax on the go. […]

“The SEA-M Architecture is ZEEKR’s high-tech mobility solution refined from the original Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) to support a range of future mobility products, including robots, multi-purpose vehicles and logistics vehicles, laying a strong and flexible foundation for global self-driving technology or ride-sharing businesses to grow. […]

“In 2021, ZEEKR announced that its first customer for vehicles built on the SEA-M platform was US-headquartered self-driving technology company Waymo. ZEEKR and Waymo have collaborated on the development of a purpose-built TaaS SEA-M variant that will be deployed in the Waymo One VTC fleet in the coming years. Waymo recently showcased its technology-integrated ZEEKR vehicle from Waymo at a reveal event in Los Angeles in November.

Finally, if you want to learn more about how Waymo performs in different types of weather, check out: “What’s in the Forecast: Using Cutting-edge Weather Research to Advance the Waymo Pilot.”

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