Continuing the Chrysler brand’s lengthy tradition of minivan innovation, FCA is to provide thousands of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo, the autonomous automobile division of Google, for the launch of its driverless taxi service, the third in a series of agreements in between FCA and Google.
When Chrysler unveiled the plug-in hybrid version of its newest Pacifica minivan, which has space for up to eight passengers, producing it the perfect candidate for a ride-hailing and/or ridesharing service, Waymo and FCA confirmed a deal below which Waymo would offer the technologies and FCA would develop it into the Pacifica. The initial arrangement was for 100 specially modified vehicles, but by the finish of 2017, that quantity had grown to 600 automobiles, and now thousands much more Pacifica’s are scheduled to join the fleet.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, mentioned, “In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders. Our partnership with Waymo continues to grow and strengthen; this represents the latest sign of our commitment to this technology.”
Waymo is preparing to inaugurate its initial autonomous taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona this year. The extra hybrid Pacifica’s will be utilized to assistance its expansion, Waymo possessing currently officially tested the technologies in 25 main American cities, such as Atlanta, San Francisco, Metro Detroit and Kirkland.
“With the first fleet of completely autonomous cars on the road, we are moving from the research and development to the operational phase. The hybrid Pacifica minivans offer versatile interiors and a comfortable ride – the additional vehicles will allow us to grow our service,” mentioned John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo.
FCA also gives the Chrysler Pacifica in the Middle East, with the most recent version of the award-winning three.6l Pentastar V6 engine which is renowned for its refinement, energy, efficiency and adaptability, delivering 287hp, 262 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy of 11.9km per l on the highway.
The Pacifica has an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technologies and bold styling. With much more than 100 normal and accessible security and safety functions, an all-new Uconnect Theatre rear seat entertainment program, plus a complete array of comfort and comfort technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromise minivan that is ideally suited for today’s bigger Middle East households.
The spacious interior delivers very best-in-class front-row and third-row legroom and an accessible tri-pane panoramic sunroof adds to the feeling of spaciousness. The thoughtfully crafted interior is as functional as it is stunning. An unsurpassed quantity of storage consists of a huge centre console, featuring spaces particularly developed to match devices like an iPad. The bottom of the console bin is deeper than the car floor for added storage space. The Stow ‘n Go floor bins offer storage when the second-row seats are not stowed, and the enhanced Stow ‘n Go system features redesigned seats for added comfort and side support. The Pacifica’s seating delivers even much more functionality with the addition of the accessible eight-passenger seating. The lightweight, removable eighth-passenger seat fits in in between the current second-row seats and functions as a huge second-row armrest with cupholders when not in use.
Since its launch, the Pacifica has received several prestigious awards, such as getting named the highest-ranking minivan in the J D Power 2017 U S Initial Quality Study (IQS), winning the Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Minivan from MotorWeek, becoming the only minivan to earn a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and getting named in Wards 10 Best Interiors List.
The Pacifica has also received Cars.com’s ‘Family Car of the Year’ Award, has been named on Car and Driver’s 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list for a second consecutive year, is a Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy and was voted Top Minivan of 2017 by the New York Daily News Autos Team.
Information Source: Muscat Daily