The Google Self Driving Car is a path-breaking achievement indeed. Google now has an entire fleet of 100 self driving hybrids ready for testing. These are Chrysler Pacifica cars under the Waymo badge.
The Google Self Driving car project is now called Waymo. This division is spearheaded by CEO John Krafcik. He has confirmed the development at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
He talks of the Google Self Driving car possessing multiple new sensors. Almost all of these sensors are the credit of the in-house team. The 100 minivans come in white with big dimensions.
More Information on these Self Driving Cars
USA Today reports that these 100 autonomous cars will now be tested on roads. These will add up more miles to the 2.5 million already covered by Google. The cars are built through a collaborative partnership between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google.
Krafcik also states that “we’re serious about creating fully self-driving cars”. These cars will “help millions of people” according to him. This will entail both “self-driving software and the self-driving hardware”.
Krafcik claims that 90% of costs for the Lidar laser radar device are now wiped out. This device is placed on top of the car and scans all directions. This will help make such technology more affordable and accessible according to him.
What Krafcik Also Said
He also states that the cars can “detect pedestrians all around” with ease. They can also reveal “which direction they’re facing”. This is akin to almost predicting “where someone will walk next”.
The fleet already has several Lexus SUVs in tandem with two in-house prototypes. These come under the Firefly name. The addition of these 100 Pacifica vehicles will help Google speed up testing processes.
This is expected to speed up the arrival of self driving cars for ride hailing and other needs. Fortune has also confirmed the development.