Chrysler will be introducing a self-driving Pacifica Hybrid, this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chrysler had talked about their plan to bring such a vehicle to the mass-market in their Capital Market’s Day presentation back in June of last year.
FCA stated in the same presentation that their goal was to be one of the first OEMs to the retail market with autonomous driving. The self-driving Pacifica Hybrid will feature the same technology that was developed by Waymo on their Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid self-driving program.
Back in May of 2018, FCA US announced they would expand their partnership with an agreement to add up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s self-driving fleet.
FCA US and Waymo also announced that they were beginning discussions about the use of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in a FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers.
“FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” said Sergio Marchionne, Former Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.”