FRANKFURT -- Google's self-driving affiliate Waymo will need "a large number" of cars to expand its robotaxi service to Europe, CEO John Krafcik told a German newspaper, declining to say who could supply the vehicles.
"Everything we have announced so far is just for the United States. We need many more vehicles," Handelsblatt cited John Krafcik as saying in an interview published on Thursday. "I cannot give you an exact figure, but it is a large number," he said.
Krafcik said he wanted to keep potential suppliers of the vehicles in Europe confidential for now. He reiterated that the service would likely not carry the Waymo brand in Europe.
"In Phoenix, we are launching under the Waymo brand. In Europe we would choose a different approach because our brand is not well known in Europe. We would cooperate with a European car brand," he said.
Krafcik said earlier this month at the annual Automotive News Europe Congress in Turin that Waymo planned to enter Europe, saying it was possible the business "would take a very different approach" in the region. He said there was an opportunity for the company to experiment in Europe, "with different product forms, with different products and maybe even with different go-to-market strategies."
Waymo is set to launch its ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area in coming months, with plans to subsequently roll out the program more widely in the U.S. using Chrysler Pacifica minivans made by Fiat Chrysler and the I-Pace electric SUV from Jaguar Land Rover.
Fiat Chrysler will supply up to 62,000 more cars to Waymo for the service.