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Waymo fleet to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybridsby Justin King
The companies are discussing the use of Waymo technology in an FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers.
Waymo has expanded its supply agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, securing up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
Building upon a previous supply agreement for thousands of minivans, the latest contract highlights Waymo's ambitious plan to quickly grow its driverless vehicle operations in more markets.
To date, FCA has delivered 600 Pacifica minivans to Waymo. The current fleet has counted over six million miles of on-road testing.
The Alphabet-owned company is apparently considering broader deployment of its technology beyond the in-house fleet. FCA says it is beginning discussions about using Waymo's self-driving technology in an FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers, potentially via a licensing agreement.
"We're excited to deepen our relationship with FCA that will support the launch of our driverless service, and explore future products that support Waymo's mission," said Waymo CEO John Krafcik.
Waymo earlier this year signed a separate agreement with Jaguar, securing 20,000 I-Pace EVs for the self-driving fleet. Riders will be able to pick which vehicle to ride in, matching the model with a particular experience such as working or napping while on the road.
"Imagine a world where you can take a self-driving minivan to the baseball game with family, and a self-driving I-Pace home after a night out — in both cases, a car perfectly suited for your needs," Waymo said at the time.
Waymo expects to begin receiving shipments of the additional Pacifica minivans later this year, hinting at a quick transition from Phoenix to a multi-city service.