The Pacifica models more than double Waymo's test fleet and have been purpose-built to incorporate the firm's existing autonomous hardware with a unique computer, sensors and telematics. They'll be used for testing and development of autonomous software and hardware from the start of 2017.
“The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet," said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo. "FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from programme kick-off to full vehicle assembly in just six months."
“As consumers’ transportation needs evolve, strategic collaborations such as this one are vital to promoting a culture of innovation, safety and technology,” said FCA boss Sergio Marchionne. “Our partnership with Waymo enables FCA to directly address the opportunities and challenges the automotive industry faces as we quickly approach a future where fully self-driving vehicles are very much a part of our daily lives.”