WASHINGTON: Google's spinoff self-driving car division Waymo announced Monday it added 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its fleet of self-driving vehicles being tested.
Google's spinoff self-drivingcar division Waymo announced Monday it added 100Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its fleet of self-driving vehicles being tested.
"With this great new minivan on the road inour test markets, we'll learn how people of all ages, shapes, and group sizesexperience our fully self-driving technology," Waymo chief executive JohnKrafcik said in a blog post.
"Today, we're sharing a first look at the completed vehicles, equippedwith our latest Waymo self-driving technology, including our suite of updatedsensors, all-new computer and other major system updates."
The move came days after the announcements that Waymo would become anindependent operating unit within Google's parent holding company Alphabet asit seeks to move forward on autonomous driving technology.
The company has declined to comment on a report that it was scrapping plans forits own branded vehicles to focus on partnerships with auto manufacturers. Aseparate report said Waymo would be partnering with Fiat-Chrysler Automobilesin a new ridesharing venture to launch next year, competing with the likes ofUber and Lyft.
Krafcik said protoypes of the new Chryslers had already undergone "a gamutof tests," and that additional testing would take place at Waymo'sfacility in California, and FCA's test centers in Michigan and Arizona.