Fiat Chrysler, Waymo expand autonomous driving tech partnership

July 23, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fiat Chrysler, Waymo expand autonomous driving tech partnership
After the development of the L4-ready Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan as a joint effort of Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and integrating Waymo’s ADAS technology into FCA vehicles, the partners now have announced to intensify their collaboration for the development of automated driving.

FCA has selected Waymo as its exclusive, strategic technology partner for SAE Level 4 (L4) fully self-driving technology across FCA’s full product portfolio. In a release, Waymo said it has already started to work together to imagine future FCA products for the movement of people and goods operated by the Waymo Driver.
In addition, Waymo will work exclusively with FCA as its preferred partner on the development and testing of L4 autonomous light commercial vehicles for goods movement. The company plans to initially target integration of the Waymo Driver into the Ram ProMaster van, a highly configurable platform that will enable access to a broad range of global commercial customers.
The expansion of Waymo’s partnership with FCA is described as a step towards scaling and deploying the Waymo technology across ride-hailing, trucking, local delivery, and personal car ownership.
“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”, explained Waymo CEO John Krafcik.
“We became the only partnership actually deploying fully autonomous technology in the real world, on public roads,” added FCA Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley. “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 pace for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world”

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