DETROIT (US): Waymo, the autonomous car subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced Sunday along at the Detroit auto show that it could develop its self-driving technology with multiple partners, positioning itself as an automotive supplier.
CEO John Krafcik also said the provider would later this month begin testing Chrysler minivans outfitted having a self-driving system on public roads in Arizona and California.
“What we’re bringing to market can be a self-driving technology platform,” Krafcik said within a presentation on the annual Detroit auto reveal that often features product debuts from auto makers.
Waymo and Chrysler are building specially-outfitted Pacifica hybrid minivans which might be autonomous. The minivans were first unveiled in December.
Krafcik said the self-driving project was aimed towards building a platform, no longer working on anyone specific product.
“This integrated hardware and software platform enables us to produce services and products,” Krafcik said. “These organic meat do on our own. Some organic meat operate on with partners.”
The first autonomous Chrysler minivans will be on public roads in Arizona and California later this month, Krafcik said.
“Even as we prepare yourself to scale…using mass-produced vehicles becomes an imperative,” he explained.
The self-driving car subsidiary in the technology giant has already conducted scores of miles of testing on earlier iterations of the autonomous system.
Krafcik said they\’ve already were able to reduce the valuation on its laser-guided radar system by 90%, from an original new US$75,000 sale price.
“We’ll take that cost down even more, with the purpose of causing this to be technology open to many individuals,” he was quoted saying.
“We’re in the point now where the world thinks we’re for an inflection point where you can will realize the potential for this technology.”