Waymo to take on up to 62,000 more Chrysler Hybrids

Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving project) is to expand its partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the U.S. with an agreement to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its self-driving fleet. This venture builds upon a previous commitment, announced in January, to deliver thousands of vehicles to Waymo’s driverless transportation service. Vehicle delivery is expected to begin in late 2018.

FCA US and Waymo also announced they are beginning discussions about the use of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in an FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers.

Later this year, Waymo will launch its self-driving transportation service, allowing the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.

“Waymo’s goal from day one has been to build the world’s most experienced driver and give people access to self-driving technology that will make our roads safer,” said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo.

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with FCA that will support the launch of our driverless service and explore future products that support Waymo’s mission.”

FCA and Waymo first announced their partnership in May 2016. The collaboration brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Since then, the companies say their engineers have continued working together to support Waymo’s expansion and to evolve the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan with self-driving technology. The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are equipped with Waymo’s self-driving system that has been honed over 6 million miles of on-road testing.

To date, FCA has delivered 600 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo.

13 Jun 2018