Waymo is hoping to take their operation past just the United States, and they'll need to find a whole lot of cars.
It was recently reported that a spin-off from Waymo conducting in Europe will certainly need "a large number" of vehicles. Though John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, didn't give a specific number and left it as a need for quite a lot of inventory.
The autonomous vehicle start-up that spawned from the Google parent company has never hidden their lofty goals. They began their pilot program through a ride-share program in Phoenix, Waymo is now working to take the program to other places and expand, and this will include other countries.
In the United States, Waymo is going to rely on two auto-manufacturers to provide the vehicles needed so the company can add their own self-driving software and hardware. The first partnership announced was Chrysler, providing thousands of Chrysler Pacifica vans, which is the car most associated with Waymo. And earlier in this year Waymo also announced a partnership with Jaguar and will provide Waymo with their own I-Pace electric vehicles.
Most interestingly is despite the in-roads Waymo has made in the US, they believe the branding isn't strong enough across the world, especially in Europe. Any expanding into European service will almost certainly see a name change for the company. Karfcik also stated that Waymo would aim to start working with European automakers but didn't specifically state which one.
For now Waymo has been making their name as a self-driving car company. Their program in Pheonix has already gone completely driver-less, and their only safety concerns are a result from bad drivers.
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