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Waymo aims to bring robo-taxi services to Europe

Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit Waymo aims to bring robo-taxi services to Europe after launch in the United States later this year. CEO of Waymo John Krafcik on Wednesday in Turin said the company can enter the European market in cooperation with partners, although it does not provide a period of time. The company has also spent time in Europe to better understand regulations, policies and other differences.

"There is an opportunity for us to experiment in Europe with different products and marketing strategies. Maybe we will take a very different approach here than in the US," Krafcik said.

Tinuku Waymo aims to bring robo-taxi services to Europe

"The world continues to say self-driving cars are coming soon. We did in Phoenix in the front row. Sometimes I feel the world has not quite taken that into account. It may be safe to say Waymo is not as strong as some of the other strongly incumbent brands in Europe," Krafcik said.

The company will launch services in certain areas of Arizona in the coming months to widen in the United States. Waymo will use vehicles made by Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover in an autonomous fleet in the United States, but Krafcik did not elaborate on whether to become a potential partner for services in Europe.

Fiat Chrysler supplies Waymo with 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The company was also in preliminary discussions about the use of Waymo technology to be sold in retail. On June 1, Waymo showed off some Chrysler vans in Italy and took the participants for a test drive. The company in March also added 20,000 Jaguar Land Rover electric cars to the autonomous fleet.

The major established technology companies and well-funded startup companies including Uber Technologies Inc. and Tesla Inc. have stepped up efforts to gain a leading position in the self-driving car market that is expected to bring the car industry into the next era.

"For the first time we took Waymo technology and showed the real level 4, no human, fully autonomous, that's amazing," Krafcik said.


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