Waymo has unveiled a self-driving robottaxi concept in Los Angeles It does not require human usable controls.
Waymo’s self-driving robots, owned by Google, are currently in operation in Phoenix, Arizona, and San Francisco, but are still in the testing phase in the California city. In October, Waymo announced that its bot shuttle service would also be extending to Los Angeles.
All current Waymo robotic hubs They derive from the adaptations of cars intended for driving with a human driver: The two models are the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the Jaguar I-Pace and they have the steering wheel and instrument cluster, for example.
Just in Los Angeles, Waymo announced that it is working on a driverless vehicle designed specifically for autonomous driving and therefore without controls that humans can use.
With the steering wheel and pedals, the car drives a lot
The vehicle will be designed under the Geely Group’s Zeekr brand and designed as an all-electric vehicle.Optimized for Transfer as a Service (TaaS)“.
The photos shown show a five-person van with sliding doors. It has no steering wheel, pedals, or mirrors. The dashboard only has a central touch screen. Touch screens are also available for the rear seats.
On the outside, you can guess the presence of a peripheral Lidar as well as a large Lidar mounted on the minivan’s roof that monitors the environment at 360 degrees. The core platform is Geely’s SEA-M, which is specially designed for autonomous vehicles.
In Geely’s Chinese-language press release, we see above all a minivan called M-Vision with lines similar to a robotaxi, also without controls for human drivers but with central seats opposite the direction of travel and complete with a floor that can be used by all its occupants.
Unlike Waymo, which does not give signals about the presence of automated robots on the roads, Geely says M-Vision will begin mass production in 2024.