It's about to make 100 fully self-driving hybrid minivans
While the Google program already established an operational fleet of Lexus RX 450h SUVs and, of course, the Google car, Waymo is set to collaborate with Chrysler on a fleet of 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids. It's a move that makes sense -- Google benefits far more from developing its software than it does from engineering a van that dominates soccer duty, and in theory, Chrysler will get to learn more about how ordinary people utilize a minivan in a post-driver society.
Waymo isn't quite ready to unleash such vehicles on the public -- they'll be tested and used by employees still -- but this move is a clear statement that it's quite a bit further down the developmental path than anyone else.
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