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Waymo buys thousands of Chrysler hybrid minivans

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Waymo has agreed to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its self-driving fleet, building upon a previous commitment announced in January.

The two companies have also confirmed they are talking about using Waymo’s self-driving technology in a vehicle which would be sold to customers as opposed to just used for ride-sharing opportunities.

“FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. “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 self-driving 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 companies say that 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”.

 
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