Waymo hits deal to purchase “thousands” of self-driving minivans. The self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet has finalized a deal with one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, according to a statement from the companies. Waymo hits deal to purchase additional self-driving minivans.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Tuesday that it will supply thousands more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo.
Both the companies declined to reveal how many vehicles were involved in the deal to the financial details. Waymo has performed the testing of its technology in 25 cities across the U.S. It began self-driving testing in Atlanta earlier this month. Currently, there are 25 cities where Waymo is testing its vehicles on public roads including Texas, Wash., Austin, Kirkland, Mountain View, Phoenix Calif., and Ariz.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan’s retail price suggested by the manufacturer starts at $39,995.
The partnership which has increased self-driving minivans is a sign of growing relationship between FCA and Waymo. It seems like both the companies are happy to continue working with each other.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO at FCA said in a statement, “In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders.” “Our partnership with Waymo continues to grow and strengthen; this represents the latest sign of our commitment to this technology,” Marchionne added in their statement.
Waymo said that it will begin offering of its autonomous ride-hailing service to members of its Early Rider program in its self-driving minivans in the months ahead.