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Self-Driving Chrysler Pacifica Gives Families A Lift

FCA US and Waymo collaborate on self-driving cars

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan equipped with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology.

 

What if you could multi-task or even take a break while your vehicle takes you to all the locations you frequent every day? It’s a reality for several of families known as “early-riders,” in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

First family of riders

Meet Ted and Candace and their four kids. They’re part of a program that lets families use and test an all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology. Waymo, owned by Google, is on a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get around. A typical day in their busy household involves juggling school, work, after-school sports, weekly date night for mom and dad, carpools and more. Now, the family is getting help. They’re one of the first in the world to test Waymo’s early rider program. 

This first-of-its kind collaboration brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. The first 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans have been on the road since 2016.

This month, Waymo is expanding the fleet of self-driving vehicles with 500 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans and families are lining up to experience the ride. 

“The collaboration between FCA and Waymo has been advantageous for both companies as we continue to work together to fully understand the steps needed to bring self-driving vehicles to market,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.​

 

 

Take it for a spin

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Waymo is now inviting members of the public to use its fleet of self-driving vehicles for everyday travel.

Waymo’s early rider program will give selected Phoenix area residents the opportunity to experience the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for the first time. Information about Waymo’s early rider program can be found on the Waymo website​. Early riders will then share their thoughts and experiences with engineers to help shape the future of self-driving vehicles. During testing stages, a Waymo driver will be behind the wheel at all times. 

 

“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is a versatile vehicle for our early rider program, which will give people access to our self-driving fleet to use every day, at any time.”

 

“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is a versatile vehicle for our early rider program, which will give people access to our self-driving fleet to use every day, at any time,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “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.”

The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are the most advanced vehicles on the road today, equipped with Waymo’s powerful hardware suite. The self-driving minivans are also running Waymo’s self-driving software, which has been honed with nearly 3 million miles of on-road testing and billions of miles in simulation. Waymo’s promise is a greater sense of freedom and independence.

Self-driving vehicles have the ​potential to prevent many of the 1.2 million deaths that occur each year on roads worldwide, 94 percent of which are caused by human error.​​