Waymo Further Invests in Chrysler Vans
Jan. 31, 2018—Later this year, Google subsidiary Waymo plans to roll out a ride-hailing service using autonomous vehicles, and it just made a significant investment to make that happen, as noted by Bloomberg.
Waymo has finalized a deal to buy “thousands” more Chrysler minivans that are capable of autonomous driving, the companies announced. It’s the third such deal between the automaker and Google; Waymo purchased a total of 600 Chrysler hybrid minivans in the two years prior.
Those 600 vehicles are being used in 25 cities, like Phoenix, as Waymo is testing its vehicles with non-paying passengers. The companies declined to specify the exact number of vehicles involved in their most recent transaction, or financial details.
In addition to the Waymo partnership, Fiat Chrysler is known to be working on a competing setup with BMW, Intel Corp., Delphi, and Continental AG.