Alphabet’s Waymo reveals Fiat Chrysler Pacifica minivans only a day after the project announcement
Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Waymo with its partner, Fiat Chrysler, since May reveals almost 100 self-driving minivans. The minivan fleet has been specifically modified so that it can be tested in California, Arizona, and Michigan. This is the first time the company has managed to work with an automaker to create the self-driving vehicles.
The minivans will be seen on roads next year according to blog post made by the CEO of Waymo, John Krafick, on Sunday. The autonomous minivans consist of new computers, better sensors, and other system updates. Sensors can be seen on the front and the back of the vehicle. Fiat modified that structure, powertrain, and the exterior of the vehicle.
This was a fresh start for Alphabet to announce Waymo, it was rumored to kill its self-driving car project entirely a while ago. These rumors have been proven the complete opposite. Waymo and Fiat will be seen on the roads very soon, possibly in 2017. Waymo and Fiat are using their individual’s sources and strength to manufacture the best possible self-driving cars out there.
The CEO of Waymo, Joh Krafcik said, “The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving tests fleet. FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners. Enabling us to go from program kickoff to full vehicle assembly in just six months. They’ve been great partners, and we look forward to continues teamwork with them as move into 2017.”
Some of the prototypes of these minivans have gone through tests already, which include the ‘extreme weather’ tests that last for 200 hours. The tests were conducted in California at the company’s own track and even Fiat’s test areas in Arizona and Michigan.