It is an amazing time in the auto industry! There is now news that Google and Chrysler have paired up to create self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans! While you cannot get the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters right now, (but who knows-it may be sooner than we think) we want to talk a little bit about what we heard about these self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership.
The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Those vehicles have been tested in Arizona, California and Michigan. “Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, said it will allow hundreds of people in Phoenix to take rides in the vehicles so that it can get feedback on the experience. People can apply on Waymo’s website. The company also said that it’s expanding its fleet to 500 Pacifica hybrids.”-driving.ca
Waymo said it wants to learn where people want to go in a self-driving vehicle, how they communicate with it and what kinds of information and controls they want.
Fiat Chrysler builds the Pacifica minivan in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit. It adds Waymo’s self-driving software and hardware, including sensors and cameras, at a facility in Michigan. Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. headquarters is in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
“This collaboration is helping both companies learn how to bring self-driving cars to market, and realize the safety and mobility benefits of this technology,” said Waymo chief John Krafcik in a company release.
For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star today. You can test drive this wonderful minivan!