Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous car segment, is ramping up plans to deploy a fleet of self-driving minivans as the company burdens toward the launch of a ride-hailing service later this year.
Waymo has finalized an sisterhood for thousands of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. The company is not asserting exactly how many modified Pacifica vehicles that Fiat Chrysler last will and testament supply since the order could grow as the ride-hailing service totals more cities over time.
“With the world’s first naval task force of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and circumstance to operations and deployment,” said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo.
Waymo lodged 100 Pacifica Hybrids Minivans in 2016 as part of the company’s pattern to test and develop self-driving vehicles.
For Fiat Chrysler the order for diverse self-driving minivans is an important step since the automaker has resisted starting an autonomous-drive mobility serving of its own. Rivals General Motors and Ford are both investing heavily in edifice their own self-driving vehicle mobility services.
“In order to move fast and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology chairwomen,” said Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler’s CEO.
(Correction: The number of Chrysler Pacificas that Waymo could systemization may change over time as the ride-hailing service adds more conurbations.)