Waymo Retiring Chrysler Pacifica Fleet

Jaguar I-Pace & Zeekr Prototype Unveiled

Google’s self-driving wing, Waymo, has posted an article affirming their intention to discontinue utilizing their lineup of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, as they progress towards relying on solely battery-electrics. The collection of modified Jaguar I-Pace EVs the business currently employs will persist in its operations. Concurrently, it is also preparing a completely electric autonomous robotaxi, resulting from a concord with Zeekr, a trademark represented by Chinese car manufacturer Geely.

Waymo and Zeekr recently presented a mobility car mock-up in the latter part of 2021, remaining silent about when exactly the model for the street will begin service. Thus far, Waymo is solely operational within the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, but it has plans to stretch out their services to San Francisco and LA in California down the line.

The phasing out of these minivans is to be commencing straight away, and it’s anticipated it will be finalised in the impending weeks.

“By concentrating our service on an all I-Pace fleet, we are able to more effectively optimize our technical and operational support to be more efficient in the short-term as we get ready for upcoming vehicles such as the Zeekr mobility platform,” the post states. “Our machine learning-based fifth-generation Waymo Driver learns more with every mile it travels, so introducing our current I-PACE fleet into the East Valley will only further enhance the performance and dependability of the Driver as we keep on expanding.”

Waymo has revealed that its electric vehicle fleet is going to be operated with 100% renewable energy, making it a ride-hailing platform with zero greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, Waymo disclosed that it is partaking in the EV Acceleration Challenge, recently presented by The White House. This endeavor includes increasing EV fleets, augmenting available chargers considerably, providing consumers with education and assistance, and other related targets.

Ride-sharing is a vital factor in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, as Waymo points out that “shared mobility can help repurpose parking, supplement public transit services, enhance pedestrian safety and lower localized emissions, ultimately aiding cities and streets to be fashioned more for people and less for automobiles.”

The all-new Zeekr transporter presents a wealth of potential. Crafted in the Zeekr Research & Development hub in Gothenburg, Sweden, it boasts Waymo’s proprietary advancements such as ADAS sensors embedded at the top and four corners. The generous cockpit, as exhibited in the model, offers accommodation for up to five individuals with configureable seating and various ports to power electronic gadgets. There is not a steering wheel–merely a gigantic touchscreen coupled with audio speakers serving as the control panel. It will be intriguing to look how much of the prototype’s construction will be maintained in the retail edition.

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