Google’s self-driving car starts testing

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, will begin testing its new fleet of minivans on roads in California and Arizona this month.

At the North American International Auto Show, Waymo CEO John Krafcik explained Google’s self-driving technology and its latest in-house built sensor suite. In addition, he unveiled that the fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans announced some time back will make its way to the road in January.

“A single integrated system means that all the different parts of a self-driving car work together seamlessly,” Krafcik said.

Waymo has said many times that it doesn’t plan to build its own cars. Instead it aims to offer self-driving systems to established carmakers, car-sharing services and others. Other than  FCA, Honda Motor Co. some time back announced that it’s in talks with Waymo about using its technology in Honda vehicles.

With 100 produced as part of the new test fleet, the electric Pacifica will be deployed in Google’s native Mountain View and Phoenix, Arizona. Krafcik stated that Google’s numerous self-driving cars will have collectively driven 3 million miles on public roads by the month of May.

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