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Waymo orders thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans for autonomous taxi service

Waymo orders thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans for autonomous taxi service

"These additional vehicles will help us scale".

Chrysler began its collaboration with Waymo in late 2016 with the delivery of 100 Pacifica hybrids.

Fiat Chrysler says Waymo has ordered "thousands" more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as Google's self-driving tech unit readies to launch autonomous ride-hailing in Phoenix later this year.

Waymo chief executive John Krafcik stated that with the world's first fleet of wholly self-driving cars on the road, they have moved from research and development to operations and deployment. It's the third such deal between the Italian-American carmaker and the search giant: Waymo scored 100 Chrysler hybrid minivans in 2016 and another 500 past year. The self-driving Pacifica minivan is the first vehicle to be graded as Level 4 autonomy by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The minivans are plug-in hybrid variants with Waymo's self-driving software and hardware built-in. Just take note that an employee will initially be riding in the vehicle with you to hit the "pull over" button in case of emergencies, but that will likely change in the future. Waymo has performed the testing of its technology in 25 cities across the U.S. It began self-driving testing in Atlanta earlier this month.

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"To be able to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is crucial to partner with like-minded technology leaders", said FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Waymo has tested its technology in 25 USA cities, including San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington.

Waymo previously ordered 100 of the FCA vehicles in 2016 and another 500 a year ago as part of a collaboration to build autonomous cars at scale using hardware and software from the technology group. The minivans are created to accommodate the self-driving systems of Google, including the sensors and the computers.

In December 2016, Waymo initiated on developing its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Waymo now tests its hybrids in more than two dozen cities in a handful of states, including San Francisco and every bridge in the Bay Area, the hills of the Santa Cruz mountains, and the dust storms of Arizona. "That lets us also hear fresh perspectives from diverse populations-how people want to use self-driving vehicles, what they think of our driving, and more-who together inform how we develop and refine our self-driving technology".





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