First look at Google’s self-driving, all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan
Waymo, earlier known as “Google Self-Driving Car Project”, has finally revealed first images of its joint venture with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) – fully autonomous, self-driving 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan. The images were released with the announcement of production of 100 unique minivans. Two partners worked swiftly to complete the assembly of the new minivan in just six months after it was kicked-off. The minivan packs Waymo’s fully self-driving system. The modifications were made in minivan’s electric, powertrain, chassis and structural systems to optimize the self-driving technology.
The self-driving car is built to enable fully self-driving operation. The minivan also features a purpose-built computer and a suite of sensors, telematics along with several other systems. The point is that automotive industry is passing through the initial state of evolution.
As consumer transportation needs evolve, strategic collaborations such as this one are vital to promoting a culture of innovation, safety and technology. Our partnership with Waymo enables FCA to directly address the opportunities and challenges the automotive industry faces as we quickly approach a future where fully self-driving vehicles are very much a part of our daily lives,
said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, FCA.
Teams of engineers from both companies assembled in southeastern Michigan to work on the assembly.
As per the makers, self-driving cars can save approximately 1.2 million lives that are lost every year in road accidents worldwide. The major cause is mostly human error. The car is likely to enter into Waymo’s test feet anytime during 2017.