FCA, Waymo Team for Self-Driving Light Commercial Vehicles
July 22, 2020
FCA has selected Waymo as its exclusive, strategic partner for L4 autonomous technology, with Waymo committing to deploy its L4 autonomous technology across FCA's full product portfolio
FCA and Waymo have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their successful autonomous driving technology partnership.
Waymo will now work exclusively with FCA as its preferred partner for
the development and testing of class 1-3 light commercial vehicles for
goods movement for commercial delivery customers, including Waymo Via.
The two companies will initially target integration of the Waymo Driver
into the Ram ProMaster van, a highly configurable platform that will
enable access to a broad range of global commercial customers. This
partnership will allow FCA and Waymo to leverage their respective
strengths and competencies to determine how to effectively use autonomy
to address the specific needs of commercial customers given the rapid
growth of goods delivery services.
"Our now four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground.
By incorporating the Waymo Driver, the world's leading self-driving
technology, into our Pacifica minivans, we became the only partnership
actually deploying fully autonomous technology in the real world, on
public roads. With this next step, deepening our relationship with the
very best technology partner in this space, we're turning to the needs
of our commercial customers by jointly enabling self-driving for light
commercial vehicles, starting with the Ram ProMaster," said Mike Manley,
Chief Executive Officer, FCA. "Adding Waymo's commitment to partner with
us to deploy its L4 fully autonomous technology across our entire
product portfolio, our partnership is setting the pace for the safe and
sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive
world in the years and decades to come."