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The first wave of the autonomous vehicle invasion? ‘Thousands’ of self-driving Chrysler Pacificas
THE FIRST WAVE OF THE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE INVASION? ‘THOUSANDS’ OF SELF-DRIVING CHRYSLER PACIFICAS
Google’s self-driving arm Waymo is greatly expanding its robo-minivan fleet
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to supply “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo, Google’s self-driving affiliate, for its ride-hailing pilot and public road testing, the two companies said Tuesday. The agreement adds to the 600-vehicle fleet the automaker has already supplied, further cementing a partnership formed in 2016.
The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation into a crash involving a Tesla Model S and a fire truck that took place on a freeway in the Los Angeles area earlier this week. …
The Pacificas that FCA supplies to the tech company are specifically designed to integrate Waymo’s autonomous driving hardware and software. By working with a large-scale automaker, the self-driving company is looking to quickly scale the technology for its planned commercial ride-hailing service.
In November, Waymo said it would remove the safety drivers from its small-scale ride-hailing pilot in Chandler, Ariz. The company is also performing public road tests in 25 cities, including San Francisco, metro Detroit, and most recently, Atlanta.
The partnership with FCA is the only such relationship Waymo has established with an automaker. The tech company was reported to be in talks with Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co., though no agreements have emerged.
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