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Google and Volvo join forces on driverless EV taxi project

Volvo and Google's Waymo driverless vehicle division have partnered up to create an autonomous ride-hailing service.

Volvo’s brands, including Polestar and Lynk & Co, will work with Waymo with the intention of integrating the tech-giant’s self-driving technology, the Waymo Driver, into a new mobility-focussed electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services.

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.

“Our global partnership with Waymo opens up new and exciting business opportunities for Volvo Cars, Polestar and Lynk & Co.”

Adam Frost, Waymo chief automotive officer, said the partnership with Volvo will help pave the path to deployment of Waymo Driver in the years to come.

He said: “This partnership represents an important milestone in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle industry.

“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.”

Volvo is the fourth automotive partner to join forces with Waymo as the company also has agreements in place with Nissan-Renault, Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover.

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