Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2016

Alphabet’s Waymo To Roll Out 100 Autonomous Minivans In 2017

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The newly formed subsidiary of Alphabet, Waymo, announced today to be rolling out one hundred autonomous minivans next year on the US roads.

Google X, self-driving car program, was renamed renamed last week as Waymo. It is a company under Alphabet umbrella.

It is learned the minivans will be developed in partnership between Google and Fiat Chrysler engineers and the designs will be inspired from the Pacifica minivans of the auto giant.


Announcing the formation of Waymo its CEO John Krafcik said the company is currently testing the autonomous cars at private facilities in California, Arizona, and in Michigan.

The minivans revealed looks much like a regular minivan if the white box and black black Lidar sensor on the roof is removed.

Google initiated the autonomous car project way back in 2009 and until now has driven about 2.3 million miles to test the technology and observe for the errors.

Krafcik also revealed the deal with Fiat was struck in May this year and testing of the new driver-less cars will be more publicly done next year.

However, he failed to mention about the type of testing and added further the Waymo intends to start offering a ride-hailing service in 2017.

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