Last week Google spun its self dirving car company out of its X labs into a new company called Waymo, we previously heard rumors that Google would stop building its own self driving cars and would instead use vehicles from Fiat Chrysler.
Now Fiat Chrysler has announced that it has delivered 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hyrbird Minivans to Waymo to use in their Self driving tests.
Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) and FCA announced today that production of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans uniquely built to enable fully self-driving operations has been completed. The vehicles are currently being outfitted with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology, including a purpose-built computer and a suite of sensors, telematics and other systems, and will join Waymo’s self-driving test fleet in early 2017. Waymo and FCA also revealed today the first images of the fully self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicle.
This first-of-its kind collaboration brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan thereby leveraging each company’s individual strengths and resources. Engineering modifications to the minivan’s electrical, powertrain, chassis and structural systems were implemented to optimize the Pacifica Hybrid for Waymo’s fully self-driving technology.
Waymo will now be using these vehicles from Fiat Chrysler for their Self Driving technology, you can find out more details at the link below.
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