Waymo has announced that it will work exclusively with FCA, which was its first OEM partner back in 2016, as its preferred partner for the development and testing of class 1-3 light commercial vehicles. The two companies will initially target integration of the Waymo Driver into the Ram ProMaster van.
FCA also has selected Waymo as its exclusive, strategic partner for L4 autonomous technology across the FCA fleet and said it has already started working with Waymo on the development of FCA products for the movement of people and goods operated by Waymo Driver.
“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,” said Mike Manley, chief executive officer, FCA.
“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.”