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FCA and Waymo Further Expand Autonomous Driving Technology Partnership and Sign Exclusive Agreement

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by T_690, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. T_690

    T_690 Well-Known Member

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    • L4 Waymo Driver to be integrated into FCA’s Ram ProMaster light commercial vehicle for goods movement, enabling the partnership to address specific needs of commercial customers
    • FCA has selected Waymo as its exclusive, strategic partner for L4 autonomous technology, with Waymo committing to deploy its L4 autonomous technology across FCA's full product portfolio


    FCA and Waymo announced today that they have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their successful autonomous driving technology partnership.

    Waymo will now work exclusively with FCA as its preferred partner for the development and testing of class 1-3 light commercial vehicles for goods movement for commercial delivery customers including Waymo Via. The two companies will initially target integration of the Waymo Driver into the Ram ProMaster van, a highly configurable platform that will enable access to a broad range of global commercial customers. This partnership will allow FCA and Waymo to leverage their respective strengths and competencies to determine how to effectively utilize autonomy to address the specific needs of commercial customers given the rapid growth of goods delivery services.

    FCA also has selected Waymo as its exclusive, strategic partner for L4 autonomous technology across the FCA fleet, and has already started to work with Waymo to imagine future FCA products for the movement of people and goods operated by the Waymo Driver.

    “Our now four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground. 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. 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” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “Adding Waymo’s commitment to partner with us to deploy its L4 fully autonomous technology across our entire product portfolio, our partnership is setting the pace for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world in the years and decades to come.”

    “FCA was our first OEM partner, and we’ve come a long way together,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans were the first vehicles in our Waymo One fleet, and, guided by the Waymo Driver, have now safely and reliably driven more fully autonomous miles than any other vehicle on the planet. Today, we’re expanding our partnership with FCA with the Waymo Driver as the exclusive L4 autonomy solution for this global automotive company. Together, we’ll introduce the Waymo Driver throughout the FCA brand portfolio, opening up new frontiers for ride-hailing, commercial delivery, and personal-use vehicles around the world.”

    FCA became Waymo’s first OEM partner in 2016. Since then, the two companies have worked closely to integrate the Waymo Driver into FCA vehicles, and have made self-driving history in the proven, capable, L4-ready Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. This partnership has led to the first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, including the offering of fully driverless service to riders, as well as driving in dozens of cities across diverse geographies and challenging weather conditions.

    Auburn Hills, 22 July 2020


    FCA and Waymo Further Expand Autonomous Driving Technology Partnership and Sign Exclusive Agreement for Light Commercial Vehicles (at http://www.media.fcaemea.com/em-en/corporate-communications/press/fca-and-waymo-further-expand-autonomous-driving-technology-partnership-and-sign-exclusive-agreement-for-light-commercial-vehicles )
     
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  2. BASONE88

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    I would guess they're looking at applications for Amazon and the USPS..this would be "the drone" Bezos was looking to implement.
     
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  3. AmbassadorSST

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    This is great news...truly believe the Chrysler brand's future is with electric/autonomous technology. It's the only way the Chrysler brand can survive...offer something exclusive, that the other American brands don't.
     
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  4. tabutler

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    What Bezos really wants is autonomous PEVs. He can then leverage his solar and wind farms he is building at the distribution centers.
     
  5. edvan

    edvan Well-Known Member

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    While we are talking about L4 capability, does any FCA vehicle today offer L2 capability? And can anyone explain the difference between L1 and L2?
     
  6. KrisW

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    Drive away today: MY 2020 Giulia and Stelvio with Active Driver Assistance package, on sale since January. Order today (but Europe only so far): Renegade and Compass 4xe models, FIAT 500e, deliveries later this year.
    All have L2 capability, plus "traffic jam" feature of L3 (but hands on wheel needed at all times).

    The levels are defined by SAE, from 0 to 5, as shown below.
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    The general consensus is that L3 is not safe (drivers "switch off" when they don't have to engage with the system, so asking them to take control is actually pretty dangerous, as they've less awareness of the driving conditions). Because of this, most manufacturers are skipping to L4.

    Tesla is operating at somewhere between L2 and L3 in the USA, but strictly at L2 in Europe because it doesn't meet the required safety standards here (European traffic conditions are far more challenging than in the USA).
     
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  7. MJAB

    MJAB Well-Known Member

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    Maserati Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte had also level 2 autonomus driving level for highway driving.
    The system should had been introduced in MY2018.

    They should had introduced a more extended version lately.

    If I am not wrong the system used by FCA is sourced by Bosch.
     

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