Chrysler and Waymo have announced plans to add 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand Waymo’s self-driving program. This is in addition to the 100 self-driving minivans that Chrysler delivered to Waymo during the second half of 2016.
The minivans will be produced by Chrysler starting next month and then sent to Waymo to be outfitted with the self-driving technology. The Pacifica’s electrical, powertrain, chassis and structural systems all modified to accommodate the technology. Waymo has also announced that it is inviting members of the public in Phoenix to use its fleet of self-driving vehicles self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for everyday travel. Information about Waymo’s early rider program can be found at waymo.com/apply.
“The collaboration between FCA and Waymo has been advantageous for both companies as we continue to work together to fully understand the steps needed to bring self-driving vehicles to market,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “The addition of 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans is a further acknowledgement of the hard work put forth by both engineering teams.”
“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is a versatile vehicle for our early rider program, which will give people access to our self-driving fleet to use every day, at any time,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “This collaboration is helping both companies learn how to bring self-driving cars to market, and realize the safety and mobility benefits of this technology.”