The autonomous vehicle specialist, Waymo, has shown the design of a robotaxi without a steering wheel or pedals that does not need a driver.
The company belonging to the Alphabet conglomerate, has partnered with the Chinese car manufacturer Geely to build this vehicle that will be part of the deployment in the autonomous transport fleet Waymo One in the United States. Both companies said in their Press releases that the new robotaxis would be designed and developed by Zeekr, Geely’s electric mobility brand, at its facilities located in Sweden.
In its publication, Waymo explains that the new vehicle has a completely flat floor for easier access, as well as fully adjustable seats.
Your cabin will be fully configurable, and you can have or without controls for the driver. The company explains that passengers traveling inside the Zeekr will find an interior space without a steering wheel or pedals, large enough to have head and leg room. Plus, you’ll have reclining seats, screens, and chargers close at hand.
At the moment it is unknown exactly when the autonomous vans will begin operating, although according to Waymo they would be introduced into its Waymo One fleet in the coming years.
These robotaxis will not be the only ones to start operating in the US in the next few years. Amazon is already preparing Zoox, its electric vehicle for the transport of passengers in urban environments. Zoox is currently testing the robotaxi in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Foster City.