The Ram ProMaster commercial vehicle will be the first vehicle to benefit from the new Waymo / FCA L4 autonomy partnership.
The leading autonomous vehicle development company Waymo and Fiat Chrysler have been working together for some time. Waymo's pilot program transporters are based on theAccording to a company announcement on Wednesday, this partnership is now being taken to a new level.
FCA plans to use WaymosDriving technology in future versions of the Ram ProMaster light commercial vehicles, but beyond that FCA has stated that Waymo will now be its exclusive L4 partner for all of its brands.
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"Our four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground. By integrating the Waymo driver, the world's leading self-driving technology, into our Pacifica minivans, we have become the only partnership that truly fully autonomous real-world technology in public With this next step, which deepens our relationship with the best technology partner in the field, we are addressing the needs of our commercial customers by working together to enable self-driving for light commercial vehicles, starting with Ram ProMaster "FCA" CEO Mike Manley said in a statement. "In addition to Waymo's commitment to working with us to deploy fully autonomous L4 technology across our product portfolio, our partnership sets the pace for safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help the automotive world in the years to come and decades too define. "
Ok, what does that mean exactly? It's hard to say what it means in the short term. Reliable L4 autonomy that is ready for the masses is probably still a long way off, even for Waymo. Added to this is the complication of the massive merger of FCA and PSA Groupe (and their combined powers).) means that things could get more complicated. What if the French don't want Waymo as a partner?
This is a pretty brave move from Fiat Chrysler, and it should be a good deal for Waymo, so we're excited to see what happens.
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