Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) self-driving division Waymo has staged a decision to introduce Robo Taxi Service to the population of Europe after unveiling in the US.
The company will introduce Robo Taxi service in the US in the latter part of 2018. The taxi service in the US will utilize Jaguar Land Rover and Fiat Chrysler vehicles under the brand Waymo. The fleet will include 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans and 20,000 electric vehicles of Jaguar. It will introduce the ride handling service initially in Phoenix, Arizona and expand the fleet to other parts of the US.
Everyone is discussing self driving vehicles that will be conquering the roads of the US. But, it is being made real by Alphabet’s Waymo. The vehicles will be moving on the roads of the US without a human on the front row of the vehicle. However, there is no word on the type of vehicles that will be used in Europe fleet.
John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer of Waymo has not set anytime frame for its launch in Europe. The company is looking to rope in a partner for the Robo Taxi Service in Europe.
According to the CEO, the company will have a chance to experiment the taxi service in Europe with different models and adopting different market strategies. The executives of Waymo is already exploring the regulatory framework that may be different in Europe than in the US. It will run the taxi service with a partner in Europe on large scale and may be on a small scale under its own brand.
Other Large Tech Companies Presence in Europe Ride Handling Service
Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Uber Technologies Inc are already planning for a large-scale presence in Europe. The two tech giants plan to take the auto industry to a new era.
Waymo Showcases Chrysler Vans in Italy
Waymo has demonstrated Chrysler vans in Italy during an FCA investor event. The demo allowed the participants to test drive. It is the first demo outside the US involving fully self driving vehicles. The company has demonstrated the level 4 system at Balocco Proving Ground in Italy.