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ZEEKR has announced the launch of its SEA-M platform for autonomous electric vehicles. The SEA-M platform is a high-tech mobility solution from ZEEKR which has been drawn from the original Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) to support a range of future mobility products. 

This includes robotaxi, a multi-purpose vehicle, and logistics vehicles, laying a solid and flexible foundation for global autonomous driving technology or ride-sharing companies to develop.  

ZEEKR CEO Andy AN said: “The unveiling of ZEEKR’s SEA-M has shown the brand’s technological strengths and potential. The affirmation of partners for the SEA-M has also reflected ZEEKR’s ability to customize development according to the needs of each user. Going forth, ZEEKR will continue to work with great global partners to support better and more sustainable intelligent mobility for all.” 

The company has highlighted that the SEA-M subverts the idea of developing vehicles around the driver, which doesn’t exist in autonomous vehicles. The vehicle gives the designers opportunity to create an intelligent mobile “living room” due to the platform’s fundamental features. The features include an expansive interior, open seat choice and placement option, no B-pillar, and robust electrical/electronic backbone supporting autonomous drove and connected devices. 

Back in 2021, ZEEKR announced its first customer for vehicles built on the SEA-M platform was autonomous driving technology company Waymo, headquartered in the United States. Both companies have partnered to develop a purpose built TaaS SEA-M variant which will be deployed with the Waymo One ride-hailing fleet in the coming years.  

ZEEKR has said that all SEA-M based vehicles will meet global five-star safety standards as well as top safety pick requirements from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.