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- Expanded delivery of vehicles signifies commitment to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service
- Vehicle delivery begins in late 2018 with #pacifica Hybrid minivans to be deployed across multiple U.S. cities
- FCA US LLC announced today an agreement to supply thousands of Chrysler #pacifica Hybrid
minivans to #waymo
to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service.
FCA previously delivered 100
Pacifica Hybrid minivans, adapted for self-driving, to #waymo
during the second half of 2016 and an additional 500
in 2017. This first-of-its-kind collaboration between #waymo
and FCA engineers enabled the teams to design a self-driving vehicle built on a mass production platform.
“In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat #Chrysler
Automobiles N.V. “Our partnership with #waymo
continues to grow and strengthen; this represents the latest sign of our commitment to this technology.”
Waymo is set to open its autonomous ride-hailing service to the public beginning in Phoenix this year. The additional #pacifica
Hybrid minivans will be used to support #waymo
as it expands its service to more cities across the United States. #waymo
has officially tested its technology in 25 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, San Francisco, Metro Detroit, Phoenix and Kirkland, Washington.
“With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development, to operations and deployment,” said John Krafcik, CEO of #waymo
. “The #pacifica
Hybrid minivans offer a versatile interior and a comfortable ride experience, and these additional vehicles will help us scale.”
Last November, #waymo
began test-driving a fleet of #Chrysler #pacifica
Hybrid minivans on public roads without a driver at the wheel. With this technical milestone, the hybrid minivans became the first vehicle to attain Level 4 autonomy, a classification determined by the Society of #automotive
The self-driving #Chrysler #pacifica
Hybrid minivans are the most advanced vehicles on the road today, equipped with Waymo’s powerful hardware suite. The self-driving minivans are also running Waymo’s self-driving software, which has been honed with more than 4 million miles of on-road testing, and billions of miles in simulation.
This first-of-its-kind collaboration brought engineers from FCA and #waymo
together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the 2017 #Chrysler #pacifica
Hybrid minivan, leveraging each company’s individual strengths and resources. The minivan’s electrical, powertrain, chassis and structural systems make an ideal vehicle to accommodate Waymo’s self-driving technology.About Waymo
Waymo is the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. We’re determined to improve transportation for people around the world, building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs since 2009. In October 2015, we achieved the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads, in a car without a steering wheel or pedals. #waymo
is building the most experienced driver with over 4 million miles driven on public roads across 25 U.S. cities, and billions of miles of simulation testing each year.About FCA
Automobiles N.V. (“FCA”), the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international #automotive
group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA”.
The transaction was executed by FCA’s wholly owned subsidiary, FCA US LLC. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US LLC designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the #Chrysler
, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes Alfa Romeo and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of #Chrysler
, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. #Chrysler
in 1925, and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.