FCA U.S. and Waymo have announced they will expand their partnership with an agreement to add up to 62,000 Canadian-built Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s 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 U.S. and Waymo also announced they are beginning discussions about the use of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in a FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers.
Currently, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars, with no one in the driver seat, on public roads.
Later this year, Waymo will launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service, allowing the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.
The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are one of the most advanced vehicles on the road today, equipped with Waymo’s self-driving system, including a powerful hardware suite and software honed over six million miles of on-road testing.
To date, FCA has delivered 600 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo.
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