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Waymo Resumes Their Autonomous Ride Service With The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Friday, October 30th, 2020

 

Attention commuters and rideshare enthusiasts! Waymo is encouraging us common folk to get a lift on its self-driving vehicles, which is a service that is gradually expanding and providing rides to a select ground of people for the past year.

The service was launched to the Phoenix masses on Thursday, October 8th. It’s worth mentioning that this should be considered a test launch of sorts before really expanding globally, since these are autonomous vehicles, they will not have a driver to take over the wheel in complex situations within the 50-mile radius that it will roam in. On top of that, there won’t be anyone monitoring the vehicles remotely.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, in which the demand for rides was significantly reduced, Waymo made as many as 2,000 rides in self-driving vehicles on a weekly basis. The majority of the rides had a stand-by driver in case of emergencies, with the exclusion of 5% to 10% of the rides which required a smaller group of commuters to sign nondisclosure agreements. The company did not reveal the number of self-driving cars will be available in its assigned area.

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, said in a conference call with journalists. “We are worried about our ability to meet demand with the capabilities of the vehicle we have right now,” 

Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google, has automotive sights on California and aspires to eventually mark its territory. However, according to Krafcik, there aren’t definite plans to announce their expansion there.

In an effort to reassure the public of its safety precautions, Waymo is supplying its vehicles with wipes and sanitizing gel, also requesting that commuters verify on a checklist that they have not had exposure to the coronavirus. Additionally, the company requires passengers to wear masks and monitors whether or not they are complying with this rule by using cameras inside the vehicle. The Pacifica Hybrid cars also have an air circulation that aids in removing any germs and bacteria that other riders may have brought in.

These next several weeks will serve as a test run for Waymo rides in the Phoenix area and without a sit-in driver. Following this, the company will reinstitute drivers behind the wheel in certain vehicles in order to allow the company to focus on expanding its (service area).

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Do you know who else is making headway? Miami Lakes Chrysler of course! Our dealership always has a wide range of Chrysler vehicles, namely the all-inclusive 2020 Pacifica Hybrid! The drive is easy, cruise-like and very comfortable for any family and more than suitable for cargo. Power is very adept from this engine and its electric power likely promotes its very natural and quick feel for its torque. Handling is also very competent and dependable for this vehicle and is sinless on the highway.

 On top of this, it has plenty of technologies for the interior like a year of SiriusXM satellite radio, the 4G hotspot, and Traffic Plus which assists drivers in avoiding challenging routes.

Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative virtually for further assistance.

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FCA and Waymo Expand Their Alliance As Their Efforts With Autonomous Technology Increase

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

 

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.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Do you know who else is making headway? Miami Lakes Chrysler of course! Our dealership always has a wide range of Chrysler vehicles, namely all-inclusive Pacifica! Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative virtually for further assistance.

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Fiat Chrysler Gains Another Autonomous Partnership, This Time With Udacity

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a.k.a The Godfather of Minivans, has consented to provide vehicles made particularly for Voyage Auto Inc, an autonomous automobile startup company, whose self-driving or “robotaxis” have been transporting senior citizens around a retirement section in San Jose.

The Voyage tech company that is currently established in Palo Alto, California, is a spinoff from the for-profit online educational organization, Udacity. The company has been making use of the altered Chrysler Pacifica minivans, more specifically that of the Pacifica Hybrid. These new converted variants have been precisely designed for autonomous driving and include new modifications such as redundant braking and steering that are necessary for driverless vehicles.

“Building a self-driving car requires a deep connection between software and hardware, and both pieces need to be considered in tandem,” Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron wrote in a blog about the deal. “This partnership connects Voyage’s self-driving technology with FCA’s deep expertise in building vehicles to launch truly driverless transportation services.”

This partnership is the most recent in a series that the Fiat company has made with autonomous startups like Alphabet Inc’s vehicles from Waymo, which provides custom-made Chrysler Pacifica models. The automaker is also pairing up with Pala Alto-established Aurora Innovation Inc, which is developing autonomous vehicles.

Last month in April, Voyage was granted a permit to shuttle passengers around California in its vehicles, also pairing up with autonomous companies like Aurora Innovation, AutoX Technologies, Cruise Automation, Pony.ai, Zoox and Waymo, which have all been given permission to provide rides around particular areas.

It has been alleged that those who reside in San Jose’s Villages senior community requested rides past its border limits at that particular time. Originally, Voyage started to charge for its shuttle services in the area, but that was before the COVID-19 pandemic came into fruition, and the company was forced to temporarily suspend its services. The company has also tried applying for a transportation charter permit, which is prescribed for limousines, buses and other third-party charters services. 

In total, Voyage has raised roughly $51 million in backing from investors like Franklin Templeton Investments, InMotion Ventures, MS&AD Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

It’s currently unknown as to when Udacity or other autonomous shuttle services will be able to provide their business in other and more heavily populated areas, but while you’re waiting on the future, why not look at the present with the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivan!

This vehicle has a 3.6-liter V6 engine matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission, it has  287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The base Touring model comes with standard features like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The 2020 Pacifica also has plenty of optional features with the Advanced Safety Tech Group being the highlight, as it comes with active safety and driver-assistance features like collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assist, bird’s-eye rearview camera and more for $995.

The future is already here! Take a spin in this one of kind 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. Simply visit our dealership website, Miami Lakes Chrysler, view our new online inventory and chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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Fiat Chrysler Takes on Robotaxis with Tech Company AutoX

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

 

AutoX and FSA Partnership

Fiat Chrysler establishes yet another partnership with AutoX, a startup self-driving car technology company. AutoX, which is backed by the multinational conglomerate company Alibaba, plans on rolling out a number of autonomous taxis in China and other countries in Asia.

According to AutoX, a slew of Chrysler Pacifica vans be utilized as part of a service to the public in China early this year. Passengers will be able to make use of a mini-program called WeChat and other apps in China that give them the ability to summon his or her robotaxi to take them to his or her desired destination.

AutoX is currently based in Hong Kong as well as San Jose, California; Public rides were offered in downtown Shenzhen by early 2019. Additionally, AutoX formed a partnership with Shanghai to launch 100 of its robotaxis in order to pilot a number of vehicles there.

According to  Jianxiong Xiao, CEO of AutoX, the next challenge is to remove the safety driver and go truly driverless. “Getting hardware ready is a crucial step towards this goal,” he said. The partnership with FCA will help it get there, according to the company.

“Achieving completely driverless operation needs a very reliable vehicle platform with full redundancy of the vehicle’s drive-by-wire system,” said Xiao. “This level of redundancy is still new and rare in the auto industry. The Chrysler Pacifica platform has proven trustworthy for driverless deployment.”

Sometime this year, AutoX will showcase the Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the CES (Consumer Technology Association). This new autonomous vehicle has state of the art features such as solid-state lidar sensors, a number of high-definition cameras, blind-spot and lidar sensors. It might be safe to say that we’re definitely entering the age of The Jetsons!

Another dynamic feature included in the self-driving Pacifica is a vehicle control unit, the XCU. This technological component powers and integrates the self-driving stack, including lidar and radar sensors, into the vehicle. According to the AutoX, the XCU has faster processing speed and provides for computerized capability, making it more than ideal for tackling tough courses and complicated scenarios as it navigates the city streets of China.

“There are a lot more cars, pedestrians, bikers, scooters, and moving objects on the street, many of which are not following the traffic rules,” COO Zhuo Li said in a statement. “Due to the fast development speeds in China, construction and reconstruction can happen overnight. The streets can look completely different in the morning, afternoon, and at night. This requires our system to process faster and extremely accurate to recognize and track each object to guarantee safety.” 

 

Fun Facts About Autonomous Vehicles

The Idea of Self-Driving Vehicles Isn’t All That New

The concept of relying on autonomous vehicles isn’t exclusive to the digital age. In 1939, at the World’s Fair in New York, General Motors Futurama exhibit included driverless technology. Despite this, autonomous vehicles still had ways to go (and still do).

Self-Driving Features Are Already Present In Modern Cars

Its quite possible that the car you are currently driving already has some self-driving components, specifically through safety features. For example, a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica currently has autonomous features like the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, which automatically accelerates or brakes to keep one’s vehicle at a safe speed behind other cars ahead.

Potentially Save $1000 On Car Insurance

It’s estimated by the insurance company, MetroMile, based off Google’s no-fault history, that the annual car insurance for an autonomous vehicle will only cost $250. Director Jason Foucher adds to this, saying that in a future where all vehicles on the road were fully autonomous, the car manufacturer would likely offer blanket product liability coverage, with the cost of insurance, repairs and warranty included in the purchase or lease price.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

With the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, you also have the opportunity to get a feel of self-driving features such as with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as other safety gadgets like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and parking sensors. 

Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling the 2020 Pacifica with a price range between about $33,000 to $42,000, (plus destination fee). If you are interested in this particular model, please visit our website to view all of our new and used car inventory or chat with a representative.

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Fiat Chrysler May Get A New Name For The New Year

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Towards the end of last year in 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merged with french auto company PSA Group in order to become a global powerhouse, thus becoming the fourth-largest automaker company with a combined market value of roughly $50 billion. This year, according to Mopar Insiders, Chrysler’s brand is making even more headway by deciding to remove its famous name…well, at least thinking about it. Other brands owned by FSA such as Dodge, Jeep, and Ram have and continued to bring in the most profit for the company, but due to Chrysler’s small lineup its cars don’t always get much traction, so it might not be that surprising for a rebrand of sorts on the name.

Typically when two companies merge, they also agree on a new name as a way to identify themselves as one new organization. For nearly 100 years, Chrysler has gone through several name changes such as the Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s been reported that with the new merge between FCA and PSA, the two companies have agreed not to use either of their existing names. This marks the first time in Chrysler’s history in which the name may not be used outside of the company’s brand. 

A statement was made by Walter P. Chrysler’s great-grandson, Frank Rhodes to Mopar Insiders about the matter, “It has been a long time coming. That being said, we need to preserve the brand and at least it looks safe for now. Carlos Tavares, CEO PSA, said he would keep all of the brands,” Rhodes said. “Chrysler should expand and go after Lincoln. I did think of a corporate name, PFC Corporation. However, I heard that none of the existing corporate names will be used. The fact is that Tavares has the leading vote, 6-5, and however you slice the cake, he and the French Government are in control. Remember how Chrysler and Mercedes had a ‘merger of equals?'”

Despite the possibility that Chrysler’s name may be no more, this does not mean that the brand itself is going extinct. Merges and partnerships with the FSA haven’t always worked out for the best; On the contrary, this latest deal should aid in speeding up product cycles and have a greater overall structure between these core brands.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Speaking of reputable names, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited is an absolute must-have for large families who need a lot of space for their luggage and themselves, as it 8 available seats and an unbelievable amount of cargo space.

Standard features include a Uconnect radio system, heated front and rear seats, a tilt steering wheel, Blind Spot Detection, Brake Assist, a navigation system, power moonroof, as well as remote keyless entry.

On optional feature on Limited trims is the Red S Appearance package. It gives the interior a bright and sporty pop of color. It also adds a few embellishments on the exterior by adding a Red S and Black Noise liftgate badges with Velvet Red inserts.

The starting price for the 2020 Pacifica Limited is roughly $42,000 (plus destination fee). It also has a basic 3-year warranty for 36,000 miles as well as a five-year powertrain warranty for 60,000 miles.

For more information, please visit our website Miami Lakes Auto Mall. Representatives are standing by!

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