Self-Driving Car Company Is Adding to 100 Already Delivered
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is gearing up to produce an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for self-driving developer Waymo, the automaker said this morning.
The cars come in addition to 100 vehicles, modified for self-driving, already delivered to Waymo, FCA says.
“Production of the additional 500 minivans will ramp up beginning next month,” FCA says. “Waymo will then outfit these vehicles with its self-driving technology.”
‘Advantageous for Both’
“The collaboration between FCA and Waymo has been advantageous for both companies as we continue to work together to fully understand the steps needed to bring self-driving vehicles to market,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says in this morning’s release.
“The addition of 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans is a further acknowledgement of the hard work put forth by both engineering teams,” he said.
“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is a versatile vehicle for our early rider program, which will give people access to our self-driving fleet to use every day, at any time,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik says in the FCA announcement.
‘Most Advanced Vehicles on the Road Today’
“This collaboration is helping both companies learn how to bring self-driving cars to market, and realize the safety and mobility benefits of this technology,” he said.
“The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are the most advanced vehicles on the road today,” FCA says.
Waymo, which will offer the vehicles for consumer trials in Phoenix, is an offshoot of Google’s self-driving technology program.
Frank Dankovich is U.S. national fleet sales director for Chrysler Group, LLC.
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Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up