Waymo, Google’s spinoff self-driving car division, has revealed their latest self-driving car model and yes, it’s based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. John Krafcik, the chief executive of Waymo, said that this new minivan model will help them learn more about their test markets. This new model is perfect in analyzing the full self-driving experience for different types of people.
Recently, it was announced that Waymo would become an independent operating unit within Alphabet, Google’s parent holding company. The goal is for Waymo to advance and move further on autonomous driving technology.
There were some rumors about the company’s plan in focusing more on partnerships with other motor manufacturers. The tech giant remained quiet about it, but they made it clear that the goal for now is to do further research and learn about the full experience of their target markets on full self-drive mode.
Some reports also claimed that Waymo would be partnering with motor manufacturer, Fiat-Chrysler, in a ridesharing venture next year. If this happens, Waymo would be competing with companies like Uber and Lyft.
According to Krafcik, the new Chrysler minivans are already being tested. They are planning to do some more tests in California where Waymo’s facility is located and at the FCA’s centers in Michigan and Arizona.
Now, the part we’ve all been waiting for. Here’s a first look at the completed self-driving minivan.