Waymo orders thousands of Pacificas for 2018 self-driving fleet rollout

Waymo has ordered thousands of new Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA to help populate its autonomous ride-hailing fleet, which it will open to the public in 2018, the company says. The public launch of its Pacifica-based self-driving ride hailing service is set to occur sometime later this year, after Waymo starts testing its minivans without anyone behind the wheel, achieving true Level 4 autonomy for their designated bounded test area in Arizona.

The total size of the vehicle commitment isn’t exactly known as of yet, but FCA has already supplied Waymo with 500 vehicles in total at least, and now that number will cross into the “thousands” as Waymo prepares for its public launch, and for the expansion of said service beyond its initial target launch market of Phoenix, where…

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