Waymo Will get Able to Deploy Hundreds of Self-Driving Minivans

FCA US LLC announced today an agreement to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service

FCA US LLC announced today an agreement to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service

On Tuesday morning, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it has signed an agreement to supply Waymo with "thousands" of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. And while the business model for making money off these robots is still opaque-will it sell its software to carmakers, or maybe manage its own nationwide fleet of self-driving taxis?-it's moving full speed ahead.

The self-driving vehicle startup Waymo began its life as a tiny experimental project inside Google X, the search giant's "moonshot" department. Its biggest fleet is in Arizona, where they have been testing their upcoming commercial service, which is now expected to launch later this year when the company starts taking deliveries of the new vans. Now, the company is ordering "thousands" of additional minivans for their fleet. While considered a leader in the field, it had not been clear how Waymo was planning to commercialize its development of self-driving vehicle technology. However, the newly-ordered Pacifica minivans will be "used to support Waymo as it expands its service to more cities across the United States", hinting at a much broader service expansion in the near future. FCAU and the tech company worked together to design the minivans to easily facilitate Google's self-driving systems, comprising sensors and computers.

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The plug-in 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid earned an electric-mode fuel economy rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); no other minivan has ever come close to this rating.

Abuelsamid said he expects that the Waymo ride-sharing service will officially launch "within months" of a similar venture General Motors has said it aims to debut in 2019 using a modified version of its Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle. However, the vehicles always had a human test driver behind the wheel. It will cover a large portion, about 600 square miles of the sprawling metropolis of Phoenix. They have introduced an offer that allows the first users to be part of the early rider program of Waymo. Fewer than a third (28%) of drivers would trust a self-driving vehicle, according to the survey.

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