Waymo ordering more Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA US

Waymo ordering more Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA US

Partnership expansion could lead to technology licensing.

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Auburn Hills, Michigan – Waymo will add up to 62,000 more 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 US and Waymo also announced today that 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.

“FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic, ” said FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne. “Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.”

“Waymo's goal from day one has been to build the world’s most experienced driver and give people access to selfdriving 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.”

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 more than 6 million miles of on-road testing.

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