Google and Geely presented an innovative unmanned taxi (photo)
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Zeekr M-Vision unmanned taxi is being prepared for operation in the USA since 2024. The electric minivan is devoid of a steering wheel and pedals, because its autopilot does not require driver intervention.
Zeekr M-Vision self-driving taxi was shown at the Los Angeles auto show. It is planned to be launched into mass production from 2024, and it is these minivans that will be used by Google's Waymo autonomous taxi service. This is reported by the Waymo official website.
The self-driving car is a joint development between Google and Geely, because Zeekr is a new electric brand of the Chinese concern.
M-Vision was developed in Sweden. It is built on the SEA platform shared by the Zeekr 009 luxury electric minivan and Geely's first electric pickup.
The new Zeekr M-Vision is a single-capacity minivan with an elegant design. It has a large windshield angle and a curved window line. For the convenience of boarding and disembarking passengers, very wide sliding doors are installed. The car will be offered in several length options – with a wheelbase from 2700 to 3300 mm.
Several large displays and retractable tables were installed inside. The front seats fold down to face the rear passengers.
There is no steering wheel or pedals in the cabin, as the M-Vision is equipped with Level 4 autopilot, which requires no driver intervention. Waymo has been testing this technology in the US for about five years now. It is in the States that the operation of Zeekr will begin in 2024.
Zeekr M unmanned vehicle -Vision is an electric vehicle and is designed for very active use. The developers claim that the minivan is able to work autonomously for 16 hours a day and drive 500,000 km in 5 years without serious malfunctions.