FCA Expands its Partnership With Waymo
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Waymo announced earlier this week that they’re expanding their ongoing partnership on autonomous driving technology. The expansion marks the next significant steps as Waymo vowed to work exclusively with FCA as its chosen partner for the testing and development of class 1-3 light commercial vehicles. Initially, the two companies will work to integrate the Waymo Driver software into the Ram ProMaster van, specifically designed for the movement of goods for commercial delivery clients. The highly-configurable Ram ProMaster platform will enable both Waymo and FCA to access a broad range of commercial clientele.
Both Waymo and FCA stand to gain from their partnership as they work to leverage their respective strengths and other technological advances with one another. Autonomous driving is important because it can address specific needs of commercial customers given the ongoing rapid growth in the goods delivery segment. Additionally, FCA also selected Waymo as its official partner for L4 autonomous technology — it’ll be applied across the entire FCA fleet once developed. FCA already works with Waymo to envision a future in which the movement of people and goods can happen thanks to the Waymo Driver.
“Our now four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground. By incorporating the Waymo Driver, the world’s leading self-driving technology, into our Pacifica minivans, we became the only partnership actually deploying fully autonomous technology in the real world, on public rodas. With this next step, deepening our relationship with the very best technology partner in this space, we’re turning to the needs of our commercial customers by jointly enabling self-driving for light commercial vehicles, starting with the Ram ProMaster. Adding Waymo’s commitment to partner with us to deploy its L4 fully autonomous technology across our entire product portfolio, our partnership is setting the place for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world in the years and decades to come,” said Mike Manlet, Chief Executive Officer, FCA.
FCA first partnered up with Waymo in 2016, making it Waymo’s first OEM partner. Since then, the two companies worked hand-in-hand to safely integrate Waymo Driver into FCA vehicles. These days, Waymo and FCA are used to making self-driving history thanks to the proven and capable L4-ready Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan. The inclusion of Waymo Driver in the brand’s fleet made the launch of the first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service possible. Additionally, Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid autonomous fleet also made history driving across dozens of U.S. cities, while traversing diverse geographies and handling challenging weather conditions.
“FCA was our first OEM partner and we’ve come a long way together. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans were the first vehicles in our Waymo One fleet and, guided by the Waymo Driver, have now safely and reliably driven more fully autonomous miles than any other vehicle on the planet. Today, we’re expanding our partnership with FCA with the Waymo Driver as the exclusive L4 autonomy solution for this global automotive company. Together, we’ll introduce the waymo Driver throughout the FCA brand portfolio, opening up new frontiers for ride-hailing, commercial delivery and personal-use vehicles around the world,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo.
The opportunities to create new technologies between the two companies are endless, it’ll be exciting to see what the partnership brings in the future. Follow Hollywood Chrysler Jeep on social media to stay up to date with the latest news, including the many autonomous driving breakthroughs that are on the horizon. Visit us at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and check out our latest Jeep and Chrysler inventory, including the all-new Jeep Gladiator and the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica, and schedule your test drive today!
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