Waymo, Google’s renamed autonomous car project, is preparing to test self-driving minivans after taking a delivery of about 100 modified Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Last week, Google parent Alphabet announced that the self-driving car project would be renamed Waymo and become a stand-alone division.
Waymo’s fleet gets 100 autonomous Pacifica minivans
Chrysler’s 100 autonomous Pacifica minivans will join the Waymo fleet early next year. The minivans are part of the partnership between Waymo and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) that was announced earlier this year. The minivans were built at Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario. The minivans were modified and designed by engineers from Waymo and the car company over the last six months.
John Krafcik, chief executive officer of Waymo, said, “With this great new minivan on the road in our test markets, we’ll learn how people of all ages, shapes and group sizes experience our full self-driving technology.”