It’s not yet a full production model, but Waymo (Alphabet subsidiary) and Chrysler showed today the result of their collaboration. A Pacifica Hybrid full autonomous car.
John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, said last week, when presenting the new vehicle, that the company will focus in integrating its technology to existing cars, rather than creating one from scratch. The Chrysler Pacifica is the first example.
“The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet. FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from program kickoff to full vehicle assembly in just six months. They’ve been great partners, and we look forward to continued teamwork with them as we move into 2017.” The CEO added.
The chosen car for the first test have some interesting specs, only 100 was produced and they are equipped with 16 kWh battery pack, giving it a total range of 33 miles on all-electric mode.
In a letter to the press, Chrysler said that Pacifica was “uniquely built” to receive the extra hardware necessary to make it full autonomous, but is Waymo that is installing the sensors.
There’s some pictures, take a look: