The deal will support Waymo’s self-driving ambitions
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will provide 2,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s self-driving fleet.
In January, Chrysler agreed to provide thousands of vehicles to Waymo’s driverless ride-hailing service. The vehicles will be delivered later this year.
Their partnership started in May 2016 when engineers from both companies came together to intergrate Waymo’s self-driving technology into a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
FCA and Waymo have also begun 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne. “Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.”
Waymo is currently the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars 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 CEO of Waymo John Krafcik. “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.”