What started with 100 units has exploded to thousands as FCA is set to deliver Waymo more hybrid minivans in late 2018.
 
Waymo, the autonomous-driving arm of Google, will be deploying the self-driving Chrysler Hybrid Pacifica minivans nationwide to support the company’s driverless ride-hailing service. Waymo is already set to launch their service in Phoenix, so the extra vehicles will help with a larger rollout to more cities.
 

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan equipped with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology. Photo: FCA


 
“In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA.
 
The Pacificas also make sense to John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo. 
 
“The Pacifica Hybrid minivans offer a versatile interior and a comfortable ride experience, and these additional vehicles will help us scale,” he said.

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The Pacifica, equipped with Waymo’s hardware and software, was the first vehicle to obtain Level 4 autonomy as designated by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The vehicles were tested without drivers in the vehicle on public roads. The Waymo vehicles have accumulated over 4 million miles across 25 major U.S. cities.
 
Phoenix is the only city listed to start the ride-sharing service, but Waymo and FCA mention that Atlanta, San Francisco, Detroit, Phoenix, and Kirkland, Wash., were all cities where the vehicles have been tested extensively.
 
While the original number of delivered vehicles was 100, with 500 more in 2017, no finite number has been listed with this news.