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Waymo's fleet of self driving cars is about to get 100 times bigger

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524 Rider Driver
 Posted 4 years, 10 months ago

There will soon be 62,000 additional self-driving minivans on the streets.

The size of Waymo’s fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans just got radically bigger. The Alphabet unit announced today that it struck a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, for an additional 62,000 minivans to be deployed as robot taxis. Moreover, the two companies have also begun discussions about how to eventually sell self-driving cars to customers as personally owned vehicles.

Selling cars with Waymo’s self-driving technology at Fiat Chrysler dealerships would be a dramatic escalation in Waymo’s plan to bring driverless cars to the masses. To date, the company has spoken only vaguely about licensing its self-driving hardware and software to automakers. Today’s confirmation of negotiations with FCA is the first indication that you may be able to own a self-driving car built by Waymo.



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    122 Rider
     4 years ago

    This is happening way too fast.

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     4 years ago

    When does SkyNet take over exactly? I watched a great documentary about this about 25 years ago, called "Teminator 2". Just can't remember the exact date to expect it.

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      133 Rider
       4 years ago

      "I'll be back... in my self driving minivan"