Waymo already operates 600 driverless Chrysler Pacificas (Photo: Waymo)
Waymo will buy an additional 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as the Google affiliate ramps up its driverless transportation service. The first of the new batch of Pacificas will be delivered later this year.
FCA said in a press release that the two companies are also starting discussions about using Waymo's self-driving technology in Fiat and Chrysler vehicles that could be made available to retail customers.
CEO Sergio Marchionne said partnerships such as the one with Waymo will help FCA develop innovative technologies. “FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” Marchionne said in a statement.
Waymo already operates a fleet of 600 driverless Chrysler Pacificas on public roads. It plans to launch a self-driving transportation service later this year.
“Waymo's goal from day one has been to build the world’s most experienced driver and give people access to self-driving technology that will make our roads safer,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik said.
FCA and Waymo first announced that they would partner on autonomous vehicles in May 2016.
-By Arjen Bongard