Waymo to add Zeekr-built electric van to fleet of autonomous test vehicles

It features a flat floor and no B-pillar

Waymo simply exposed a brand-new van that it plans to introduce to its fleet one day. It’s being built in collaboration with Zeekr, a brand name under the Geely realm.

First impressions of the outside are great, as we promptly got VW ID.Buzz vibes from its friendly shape and also percentages. This Waymo Zeekr van is intended to be fully electrical, but any kind of specifications worrying array or power are inaccessible since today.

Instead of driver-centric specifications, Waymo as well as Zeekr have actually provided information and a fast glimpse of the inside. After all, the entire point of the van is to ride in it, not drive it. You’ll notice that there are 2 moving doors that open contrary one another, exposing an entrance way lacking columns for very easy loading and also unloading. The floor itself is totally flat for maximum comfort. Its van-like percentages permit lots of legroom and also clearance, and also the seats are adjustable to your choice, as well. Passenger features consist of a wealth of ports for charging as well as a screen to punch in where you want to go.

Zeekr says the lorry has been designed as a rider-centric auto from the start, yet it will certainly still use two cabin alternatives. One will include a traditional steering wheel as well as pedals, while the various other will certainly not. No schedule is provided for when the variation without vehicle driver controls is coming.

There’s no timeline for anything related to the vans either past “in the years to come.” Zeekr will be creating the van at its R&D facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, and then Waymo will certainly take delivery in the U.S. and also fit its “Waymo Chauffeur” modern technology to it, so the van can drive autonomously. Essentially, don’t anticipate these to begin showing up all over the country anytime quickly.