Waymo, formerly a Google project for the development of self-managed vehicles, now part of the Alphabet holding company, announced the conclusion of cooperation agreements with a number of companies in order to provide more people with access to their autonomous vehicles. Through transactions with Walmart, AutoNation, Avis and other companies, Waymo will provide transportation services on robotic cars in the Phoenix area of Arizona.
Waymo and before that interacted with the car repair service AutoNation and the car rental company Avis Budget Group. The first one helps Waymo to maintain and maintain the vehicles in Phoenix in proper technical condition, while the second company helps to charge, refuel and clean their cars. So it made sense to expand cooperation with these companies, which can now use self-managed cars to serve their own customers.
AutoNation will now offer Waymo cars to customers while their cars undergo inspection and maintenance. And Avis customers in Phoenix will be able to use the Waymo transport when they are going to take their rented car or after they leave it after the lease, first at two Avis parking stations in Chandler, Arizona.
The Walmart retailer is another Waymo partner. With him, the company this week launches a pilot project, in which the participants of the program Waymo will receive discounts if they make purchases on the site Walmart.com. Customers will be able to use the Waymo car to travel to the nearby Walmart store to receive the ordered products.
Among the company’s new partners is the DDR Corp real estate investment trust, which invests in shopping malls, and the Element hotel chain. They will also offer customers trips on Waymo.
As new partners provide services in many regions of the United States, cooperation with them has the potential to expand beyond Phoenix.