Google’s now renamed driverless car project Waymo has already confirmed it’s not interested in building cars itself – and the results of that plan are beginning to appear.
Car maker Chrysler has revealed it has completed 100 autonomous people carriers (or minivans), which will become part of Waymo’s fleet of cars in 2017.
It fits the model Waymo has said it is following, which is to build hardware and software that can be incorporated into cars, with Chrysler being one such manufacturer Waymo has a partnership deal with, signed last year.
Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: “With this great new minivan on the road in our test markets, we’ll learn how people of all ages, shapes, and group sizes experience our fully self-driving technology.”
Krafcik added that the cars have been extensively tested at Waymo’s own test track in California as well as Chrysler’s tracks in Michigan and Arizona, including more than “200 hours of extreme-weather testing”, he said.
“We’re looking forward to having these new vehicles on public roads in 2017,” the Waymo boss added.