Waymo's self-driving car service to include 62,000 minivans

Waymo's self-driving service to include 62K vans
Posted at 9:45 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 08:32:42-04

A self-driving car service that Google spinoff Waymo plans to launch later this year in Arizona will include up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans under a deal announced Thursday.

The agreement is the latest sign of Waymo's confidence in its self-driving car technology, which sprung from a secret Google project started nine years ago. The technology will be deployed in a ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area before the end of this year and then expand into other U.S. markets.

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Waymo plans to pick up people in cars that won't have a human in the driver's seat, making it the first ride-hailing service with a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles.

The company already had bought 600 Pacifica Hybrid minivans from Fiat Chrysler with a commitment to add "thousands" more. 

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Self-driving technology has been under fire recently after a deadly crash in Tempe involving an autonomous Uber vehicle. Uber has since announced they are "winding down" operations in Arizona