Waymo, the self-driving car project by Google, already has a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and also plans on purchasing 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace models as part of a self-driving taxi service. Thought the details remain limited but the company is working with a third automaker, Honda.
Just after a week of Uber fatal crash, John Krafcik, Waymo chief executive, indicated that they might be in a process to develop a self-driving vehicle with Honda. When Krafcik was asked about the intention of the two companies working together, he said that we should expect traditional cars to be driven on roads. By this statement of his, it is not possible to make out what he meant, but it is sure that the two companies would be making something unconventional. So it wouldn’t be like an existing model by Honda will be given the hardware and software by Waymo.
An entirely new vehicle built from the ground up in partnership with a major OEM would be new territory for the self-driving company, which traditionally has collaborated with automakers to outfit existing models with its self-driving technology.
Krafcik stated that the vehicle could be used to move people and goods, but it won’t be the size of a truck and it is possible that it is free of traditional steering wheels and brakes. Waymo won’t be a newcomer to the logistics and goods and delivering vehicles. The company has been ramping up its own self-driving trucking service, announcing recently that it would soon begin delivering freight for Google’s data centers in Atlanta. The trucks will be operating on public roads during the pilot rather than being completely driverless but.
Still a deal with Honda to make a brand new vehicle right from the beginning is the biggest deal for Waymo. As Krafcik said the goal for the future is to have a range of vehicles to accommodate different types of transportation.
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