It’s hardly a secret that FCA US LLC has had a longstanding partnership with Waymo, which is the self-driving technology division of Google. Waymo headquarters is the site where FCA US LLC vehicles are fitted with the latest self-driving tech and gadgetry.
To really ramp up its investment, FCA US LLC has now pledged to provide Waymo with additional 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivans numbering in the thousands.
It certainly makes sense that the Chrysler Pacifica would be the vehicle of choice for early autonomous testing. The minivan accommodates up to eight passengers, which makes it the ideal choice since the first self-driving cars rolled out will likely be mass transport vehicles. Newer Chrysler Pacifica models are also designed to specifically accommodate Waymo’s proprietary software and hardware.
This isn’t the first time FCA US LLC and Waymo have planned on a project of this magnitude. So far, the automaker has already supplied Waymo with over 600 vehicles across its lineup. These vehicles have been tested across 25 major U.S. cities, including metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and Phoenix.
In 2017, Waymo fitted several FCA US LLC vehicles with Level 4 autonomy technology, meaning the cars were tested without a human driver. Human personnel, however, had to remain nearby. The Chrysler Pacifica had the honor of being the first vehicle to be graced with Level 4 self-driving capability.
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