Waymo Demands ‘Large Number’ of Cars and trucks for European Robo-Taxis: CEO

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Alphabet’s self-driving device Waymo will need to have “a substantial quantity” of autos to expand its robo-taxi support to Europe, its chief executive informed a newspaper, declining to say who could supply the vehicles.

“All the things we have declared so significantly is just for the United States. We have to have a lot of more automobiles,” German daily Handelsblatt cited John Krafcik as stating in an interview released on Thursday.

“I cannot give you an actual figure, but it is a huge number,” he extra.

Waymo is set to launch its ride-hailing provider in parts of Phoenix, Arizona, in coming months, with strategies to subsequently roll out the programme a lot more greatly in the United States applying cars produced by Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Jaguar Land Rover.

Fiat Chrysler will supply up to 62,000 extra vehicles to Waymo.

Krafcik told Handelsblatt he required to continue to keep the carmakers he was in talks with about motor vehicles for Europe confidential for now.

He reiterated that the company would most likely not carry the Waymo brand name in Europe.

“In Phoenix, we are launching beneath the Waymo brand. In Europe we would pick a different method mainly because our brand is not very well regarded in Europe. We would cooperate with a European car brand,” he stated.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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