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june 01, 2018 - Chrysler

FCA US LLC Expands Partnership With Waymo

  • Up to 62,000 additional #Chrysler #pacificahybrid minivans will join Waymo’s driverless fleet, starting in late 2018
  • Companies beginning discussions about use of #waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in a FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers
May 31, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC and #waymo today announced they will expand their #partnership with an agreement to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s self-driving fleet. This venture builds upon a previous commitment, announced in January, to deliver thousands of vehicles to Waymo’s driverless transportation service. Vehicle delivery is expected to begin in late 2018.
 
FCA US and #waymo also announced today that they are beginning discussions about the use of #waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in a FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers.
 
“FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat #Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with #waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.” 

Currently, #waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars, with no one in the driver seat, on public roads. Later this year, #waymo will launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service, allowing the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle.
 
“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,” said John Krafcik, CEO of #waymo. “We're excited to deepen our relationship with FCA that will support the launch of our driverless service, and explore future products that support Waymo's mission.”

FCA and #waymo first announced their #partnership in May 2016. The first-of-its-kind collaborationbrought engineers from FCA and #waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the #Chrysler #pacificahybrid minivan, leveraging each company’s individual strengths and resources. Since then, FCA and #waymo engineers have continued working together to support Waymo’s expansion and to evolve the #Chrysler #pacificahybrid minivan with self-driving technology. 

The self-driving #Chrysler #pacificahybrid minivans are one of the most advanced vehicles on the road today, equipped with Waymo’s self-driving system, including a powerful hardware suite and software honed over 6 million miles of on-road testing.
 
To date, FCA has delivered 600 #pacificahybrid minivans to #waymo.