Fiat Chrysler will deliver another 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Google’s Waymo self-driving vehicle program, the two companies announced today.
In addition to ordering another 500 Pacifica Hybrids, Waymo also announced its ‘early rider’ program, which will allow residents of Phoenix to experience their fully autonomous minivans after filling out an online application.
“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is a versatile vehicle for our early rider program, which will give people access to our self-driving fleet to use every day, at any time,” Waymo chief executive officer John Krafcik said in a statement.
Waymo took delivery of 100 Pacifica Hybrids late last year for the purpose of testing its autonomous vehicle hardware and software. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the partnership has been “advantageous for both companies,” as they work “to fully understand the steps needed to bring self-driving vehicles to market.”
Waymo and FCA says the partnership has resulted in the two companies levering each other’s individual strengths and resources. A select group of engineers work at a southeastern Michigan facility to accelerate the development process of the autonomous vans and testing is carried out at FCA’s Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan along with its Arizona Proving Grounds and select Waymo test sites in California.
Those looking to get involved with FCA and Waymo’s ‘early rider’ program may fill out an application at this link.