FCA US and Waymo today announced they will expand their partnership with an
agreement to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s self-driving fleet.
This venture builds upon a previous commitment, announced in January, to deliver thousands
of vehicles to Waymo’s driverless ride-hailing service. Vehicle delivery is expected to begin in
FCA US and Waymo also announced today that they are beginning discussions about the use
of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in a FCAmanufactured
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 Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles N.V. “Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to
drive innovative technology to the forefront.”
Currently, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars, with no one in the
driver seat, 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 John Krafcik,
CEO of Waymo. “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.”
FCA and Waymo first announced their partnership in May 2016. The first-of-its-kind
collaboration brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully
self-driving system into the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, leveraging each company’s
individual strengths and resources. Since then, FCA and Waymo engineers have continued
working together to support Waymo’s expansion and to evolve the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
minivan with self-driving technology.
The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are one of the most advanced vehicles on
the road today, equipped with Waymo’s self-driving system, including a powerful hardware
suite and software honed over six million miles of on-road testing.