The Future of the Roads: Waymo’s Fleet of Self Driving Vehicles Made By Chrysler
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The world will someday look very different than it does now when it comes to traffic, and that could be sooner than we think considering that Chrysler is providing Waymo with 62,000 more Pacifica Hybrids to use for Waymo’s self-driving fleet. Chrysler is just one of the many brands that have been experimenting with vehicles that are capable of driving without a human hand touching the wheel. Remarkable times!
The company responsible for making this happen, Waymo, has been working on unmanned, driverless technology since 2009. There’s been a total of over six million miles logged by Waymo’s various test vehicles driving on the road. Seeing a vehicle move without a human driver is becoming more and more of a reality. Waymo is the one of the only companies that has their own arsenal of self driving vehicles and services at this scale.
“Fiat Chrysler Automotives is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive, said in a statement. “Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.” This is remarkable news for people that are tired of traffic or having to commute to work. Someday, millions of people won’t have to struggle with such daily sieges.
Help From Large Brands
Fiat Chrysler Automotives (FCA) has announced a partnership with Waymo that would allow FCA to become the first brand that offers self driving vehicles as a retail purchase option. This is something that not even Tesla has done yet.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced a partner with Waymo as well, so the steam that Waymo needs to get their innovation into mainstream, large car brands and start the future wave of self-driving vehicles seems within reach. The next decade will look a lot different with drivers now becoming passengers and giving people more free time to do anything else, but worry about drive.
The future may be here sooner than we think, just consider that John Krafcik, Waymo’s CEO considers they are building “The World’s Most Experience Driver” as a way to allow humans to do anything other than cause more accidents, rubberneck and continue to cause us to lose time because of another distracted, impaired or extremely elderly driver. Can this business model sustain and cross over to other vehicle brands?
Exactly What Vehicles Will Be Driverless?
Along with the 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models Chrysler is giving to Waymo, an additional 20,000 compact cars from Jaguar Land Rover will also be contributed. Complete with radars, camera and sensors to be added to each Waymo purchase. This large scale operation is a continuation of a partnership that began back in 2016 with a small fleet of driverless minivans that were tested in various states like Texas, California and Washington.
Apparently Waymo believes in their technology enough to test the waters in public. Modern society has started to accept self-driving automation today more so than ever before as public image of what traffic looks like won’t be replaced by self-driving cars, but rather enhanced by it. “Our goal is to build the world’s most experienced driver & make self-driving technology available across a range of vehicle platforms to make our roads safer. Excited about our growing partnership with FCA! “ Krafcik noted.
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