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The first Waymo self-driving car is a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

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Mark Boekraad
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 Google announced last week that it was getting out of the self-driving car business. That doesn’t mean self-driving cars won’t be a thing around Mountain View anymore; the project is simply being spun off into its own Alphabet company called Waymo. Now, Waymo CEO John Krafcik has posted some details of the company’s first self-driving vehicle. It’s a minivan built in cooperation with Chrysler.
Google’s self-driving car project started with production cars outfitted with sensors and other hardware to make them semi-autonomous. Then there was that odd little bubble car prototype the company showed off a few years ago. That’s all in the past, though. Waymo is partnering with Chrysler to build a new test vehicle from the ground up. it’s based on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which is a minivan. However, this one has all the AI smarts built in. It does still have that unsightly sensor hump on the top, though.

Krafcik says the self-driving Pacificas are equipped with upgraded sensors and computer systems that make them more capable than previous self-driving vehicles used by Google. Pre-production modified versions of the minivan have already managed to complete six months of testing that included extreme-weather driving. Waymo intends to have 100 of the vehicles in its test fleet beginning in 2017.

bron: Medium

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Mark Boekraad

Mark Boekraad

Mijn naam is Mark en als autofanaat ben ik zeer geinteresseerd in de revolutie van de zelfrijdende auto. De zelfrijdende auto zal langzaam ingeburgerd gaan worden, maar dat zal zeker nog jaren duren. Ik lees nu al veel over dit onderwerp op binnen- en buitenlandse media. En zal dat de komende jaren blijven doen. Als je nog tips hebt of links naar interessante sites, dan hoor ik dat graag! Want samen kunnen we iedereen laten genieten van de opkomst van de zelfrijdende auto.

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