If you were looking forward to seeing the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan in action, you won’t have to wait for much longer. According to a tweet by Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik, the self-driving minivan will be onstage in Detroit at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. The date was mentioned to be January 8, which leaves hardly more than two weeks between now and then.
“Look forward to having our new fully self-driving minivan onstage for our keynote in Detroit, Jan. 8” – John Krafcik
The autonomous minivan will be equipped with multiple computers, sensors, cameras, radar, LiDAR and even an actual human being inside the car to over as the driver, should anything go wrong with the AI or the hardware.
From the look of things, it seems like Google’s earlier work on the Chrysler Pacifica at their development centre in Novi is finally paying off as Waymo prepares to debut the autonomous car next month. Also, Google’s self-driving test pods have reportedly completed over 3 million miles of navigation through well-populated areas of the US. In case you don’t know already, Waymo has now been given complete independence by Google and Alphabet in order to hasten the progress of the Self-driving Car Project.