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Waymo adding 62000 self-driving FCA Minivans to its fleet, also in talks with Uber over collaboration

Uber is in talks with Waymo to have the latter’s self-driving cars added to its platform. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi while talking at a conference gave out this information.

It is not long ago that the companies were embroiled in a legal battle over the allegations that Uber had stolen trade secrets from Waymo to build its own self-driving technology.

It is being speculated that Uber through this move is trying to get over the negative perceptions it has garnered after one of its self-driving cars was an accident in Arizona killing a pedestrian. The ride-hailing firm hereafter has suspended its testing of self-driving cars.

That fact that Waymo among the all the developers of self-driving technology is considered to be most dependable having covered over five million miles with its autonomous test vehicles might be the reason Uber is trying to get it inboard to tackle the negative publicity it has got.

It would be interesting to know how Waymo responds to this offer, as it is known that the company plans to launch its own self-driving taxi service Waymo recently announced that it is ramping up its partnership with Fiat Chrysler and will add up to 62,000 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its fleet over time. This follows the announcement by the company earlier this year that it would add “thousands” of new FCA minivans. 

FCA US and Waymo also announced that they are beginning discussions about the use of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in an FCA-manufactured vehicle available to retail customers.To date, FCA has delivered 600 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo.

This move by the company indicates the pace of the company’s plan to launch its own ride-hailing service with self-driving cars. At present, the company is testing its self-driving ride-hailing service, but it is expected that it will be to the public in the Arizona city by the end of this year.

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