FCA US LLC announced today an agreement to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service.
FCA previously delivered 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans, adapted for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016 and an additional 500 in 2017. This first-of-its-kind collaboration between Waymo and FCA engineers enabled the teams to design a self-driving vehicle built on a mass production platform.
“In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “Our partnership with Waymo continues to grow and strengthen; this represents the latest sign of our commitment to this technology.”
Waymo is set to open its autonomous ride-hailing service to the public beginning in Phoenix this year. The additional Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be used to support Waymo as it expands its service to more cities across the United States. Waymo has officially tested its technology in 25 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, San Francisco, Metro Detroit, Phoenix and Kirkland, Washington.
June was an exceptional month for Chrysler. As has been consistent, the month showed that Chrysler has been growing strength with each passing month and this previous month is no difference.
The month as a whole was the best June that FCA has had since 2006. The company experiences a 8% sales growth from the previous month with 185,035 vehicles going out the door in the whole month. Here is the break down on which vehicles helped the automaker maintain a positive sales increase and get that best June sales ever.
Jeep has always been the strongest part of the whole FCA family. In June, the Jeep brand had their best June ever. They sold 71,529 vehicles as an increase of 25% from the previous month. The all-new Jeep Renegade maintained solid sales with 4,858 sold.
Other winners of the month include the Dodge Journey which had its best month ever. The Ram ProMaster is continuing to find its way into drivers and fleets. Overall, it was a month that showed there is still plenty of interest growing in Ram’s trucks and the minivan.