Self-driving vehicles are becoming less and less of a science-fiction dream and more and more of a reality. At the forefront of these innovations are automakers as well as tech companies, and it’s become quite the arms race. This past May, Waymo (Google’s self-driving car project) ordered 62,000 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to add to its fleet.
Alongside this remarkable expansion of the Waymo fleet, the companies announced that Chrysler and Google will begin talks on implementing Waymo self-driving technology in Chrysler vehicles. This partnership is both smart and strategic, as it gives Chrysler access to some of the most advanced self-driving technology available without having to independently develop it. Major competitors, like Ford, GM, Tesla, and Uber, do not have this luxury. This partnership will save both companies money and time and get us one step closer to seeing more self-driving vehicles in use on the road.
Although people are concerned about the safety of self-driving vehicles, autonomous vehicles are on their way. Chrysler will deliver the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids — which boast a total electric driving range of 33 miles and 84 MPGe on the highway — to Waymo later this year.*
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*33-mile total electric driving range: EPA estimate with fully charged battery. Actual mileage may vary.
*84 HWY MPGe: EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Actual mileage may vary.