While lots of companies are busy building out the technology that will teach cars to drive themselves, Waymo—formerly Google’s self-driving car project and now its own company within Alphabet—is thinking about the business side. When self-driving cars hit roads, the company will need a manufacturer to make the cars at scale, a network to deploy through, a management system to make sure cars are clean, and another to make sure they’re in working order. Already, it’s partnered with Fiat Chrysler, Lyft, and Avis, to support the first three.
Now, the company has signed a multi-year contract with dealership Autonation to keep its cars repaired. The deal was disclosed today in an 8-K filing. Though many companies have struck up partnerships like this one, Waymo’s are the most comprehensive, covering many aspects of what self-driving cars will practically need.RR