Today (July 22), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and autonomous driving company, Waymo announced that they have made strategic and fundamental steps in the expansion of their thriving partnership.
At this time, Waymo will work mainly with FCA as its endeared partner in crime for the development and testing of class 1-3 light fleet vehicles. At first, the dynamic duo will focus on the incorporation of the Waymo Driver into the Ram ProMaster van, which is a technology platform that allows one access to a wide range of commercial customers on a global scale. This collaboration will make way for FCA and Waymo to take advantage of their particular strengths and capabilities to conclude how to successfully use autonomy to tackle the express needs of commercial customers, especially due to the swift expansion of product delivery services.
Additionally, FCA has chosen the Waymo company as its select, advised partner for L4 autonomous technology across its fleet models. In fact, FCA has already begun to work with Waymo to construct future products for their vehicles, which will be operated by the Waymo Driver.
“Our now four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground. By incorporating the Waymo Driver, the world’s leading self-driving technology, into our Pacifica minivans, we became the only partnership actually deploying fully autonomous technology in the real world, on public roads. With this next step, deepening our relationship with the very best technology partner in this space, we’re turning to the needs of our commercial customers by jointly enabling self-driving for light commercial vehicles, starting with the Ram ProMaster,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “Adding Waymo’s commitment to partner with us to deploy its L4 fully autonomous technology across our entire product portfolio, our partnership is setting the pace for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world in the years and decades to come.”
“FCA was our first OEM partner and we’ve come a long way together,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans were the first vehicles in our Waymo One fleet and, guided by the Waymo Driver, have now safely and reliably driven more fully autonomous miles than any other vehicle on the planet. Today, we’re expanding our partnership with FCA with the Waymo Driver as the exclusive L4 autonomy solution for this global automotive company. Together, we’ll introduce the Waymo Driver throughout the FCA brand portfolio, opening up new frontiers for ride-hailing, commercial delivery and personal-use vehicles around the world.”
In 2016, FCA became Waymo’s first OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partner, ensuingly, the two have stayed pretty close as they worked on fusing the Waymo Driver into FCA vehicles. Their hard work has proven to pay off, since the creation of a highly-effective L4-equipped Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. This union also resulted in the first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as the offering of fully driverless service to riders, which made its way driving in several cities from various locations and difficult weather conditions.
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