Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Waymo, the Google self-driving car project that was spun-off, have announced the completion of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans specifically-built to enable fully self-driving operations.
Scheduled to join Waymo’s self-driving test fleet in early 2017, the self-driving Chrysler minivans are outfitted with the company’s fully self-driving technology, which includes a purpose-built computer and a suite of sensors, telematics and other systems.
John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer of Waymo, stated:
“The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet. FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from program kickoff to full vehicle assembly in just six months. They’ve been great partners, and we look forward to continued teamwork with them as we move into 2017.”
The Waymo’s pilot project will initially be limited to just 100 test vehicles, but the tech company is said to be already considering the Pacifica to pick up its first paying customers.