FCA Set to Deliver Thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivans to Waymo’s Self-driving Service

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January 30, 2018, Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA US LLC announced currently an agreement to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support a launch of a world’s initial driverless ride-hailing service.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan versed with Waymo’s entirely self-driving technology. Credit: FCA.

FCA formerly delivered 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans, blending for self-driving, to Waymo during a second half of 2016 and an additional 500 in 2017. This first-of-its-kind partnership between Waymo and FCA engineers enabled a teams to pattern a self-driving automobile built on a mass prolongation platform.

“In sequence to pierce fast and good in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded record leaders,” pronounced Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “Our partnership with Waymo continues to grow and strengthen; this represents a latest pointer of a joining to this technology.”

Waymo is set to open a unconstrained ride-hailing use to a open commencement in Phoenix this year. The additional Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be used to support Waymo as it expands a use to some-more cities opposite a United States. Waymo has strictly tested a record in 25 cities opposite a U.S., including Atlanta, San Francisco, Metro Detroit, Phoenix and Kirkland, Washington.

“With a world’s initial swift of entirely self-driving vehicles on a road, we’ve changed from investigate and development, to operations and deployment,” pronounced John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo. “The Pacifica Hybrid minivans offer a versatile interior and a gentle float experience, and these additional vehicles will assistance us scale.”

Last November, Waymo began test-driving a swift of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans on open roads but a motorist during a wheel. With this technical milestone, a hybrid minivans became a initial automobile to achieve Level 4 autonomy, a sequence dynamic by a Society of Automotive Engineers.

The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are a many modernized vehicles on a highway today, versed with Waymo’s absolute hardware suite. The self-driving minivans are also using Waymo’s self-driving software, that has been honed with some-more than 4 million miles of on-road testing, and billions of miles in simulation.

This first-of-its-kind partnership brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to confederate Waymo’s entirely self-driving complement into a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, leveraging any company’s particular strengths and resources. The minivan’s electrical, powertrain, framework and constructional systems make an ideal automobile to accommodate Waymo’s self-driving technology.

About Waymo
Waymo is a self-driving record association with a goal to make it protected and easy for people and things to pierce around. We’re dynamic to urge travel for people around a world, building on program and sensor record grown in Google’s labs given 2009. In Oct 2015, we achieved a world’s initial entirely self-driving outing on open roads, in a automobile but a steering circle or pedals. Waymo is building a many gifted motorist with over 4 million miles driven on open roads opposite 25 U.S. cities, and billions of miles of make-believe contrast any year.

About FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (“FCA”), a seventh-largest automaker in a universe formed on sum annual automobile sales, is an general automotive group. FCA is listed on a New York Stock Exchange underneath a pitch “FCAU” and on a Mercato Telematico Azionario underneath a pitch “FCA”.

The transaction was executed by FCA’s unconditionally owned subsidiary, FCA US LLC. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US LLC designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles underneath a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as good as a SRT opening automobile designation. The association also distributes Alfa Romeo and Mopar products. FCA US is building on a ancestral foundations of Chrysler, a innovative American automaker initial determined by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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