Fiat Chrysler Cars agreed to produce “1000’s” of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo, Google’s self-driving affiliate, for its ride-hailing pilot and public street testing, the 2 firms stated Tuesday. The settlement provides to the 600-vehicle fleet the automaker has already provided, additional cementing a partnership shaped in 2016.
“With the world’s first fleet of totally self-driving automobiles on the street, we have moved from analysis and growth to operations and deployment,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik stated in a press release. “These extra automobiles will assist us scale.”
The businesses didn’t specify the precise variety of automobiles concerned within the settlement, however Waymo stated the amount and timeline would depend upon the progress of its self-driving pilots. FCA will provide the primary wave of minivans late this yr.
The Pacificas that FCA provides to the tech firm are particularly designed to combine Waymo’s autonomous driving and software program. By working with a large-scale automaker, the self-driving firm is seeking to shortly scale the know-how for its deliberate industrial ride-hailing service.
In November, Waymo stated it could take away the security drivers from its small-scale ride-hailing pilot in Chandler, Ariz. The corporate can also be performing public street exams in 25 cities, together with San Francisco, metro Detroit, and most just lately, Atlanta.
The partnership with FCA is the one such relationship Waymo has established with an automaker. The tech firm was reported to be in talks with Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co., although no agreements have emerged.