Waymo Expands Robo-Shuttle Test Partnerships
Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo autonomous vehicle unit is expanding its testing of fully autonomous vehicles in Arizona with several new partnerships.This summer Waymo will begin offering free autonomous rides in specially equipped Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans to Walmart stores—for customers who order groceries online—and a local mall in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Initially, such services will be limited to participants in the “early rider” pilot program Waymo launched earlier this year in Phoenix.
The tech company also will shuttle business travelers staying at the Element Hotel in Chandler, Ariz., to and from nearby offices. In addition, Waymo is partnering with Avis Budget and AutoNation to allow select consumers to rent self-driving Pacificas.
Waymo says the partner companies will pay for the ride service, but it didn’t reveal the financial terms. The tech company aims to expand the tests to other cities later.
When it comes to quality, it seems as though Ford Motor Co. is on a roll.
The functional build method says that you aren’t going to stamp perfect body panels, so you might as well accept the fact and deal with it. And dealing with it can result in reduced costs, faster time to market, and remarkable fit and finish. Sounds outlandish, but they’ve been using the method at Japanese auto companies for years, and who is lower cost, faster and more lauded for quality?
Not only do the 2012 Ford Focus and Explorer models look good, but Ford engineers are making sure that they are built well, to boot.