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Waymo revs up self-driving minivans

Waymo has modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans for autonomous driving. (Fiat Chrysler Photo)
Waymo has modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans for autonomous driving. (Fiat Chrysler Photo)

Waymo, the automotive venture nurtured by Google and its Alphabet holding company, says it’ll start test-driving its autonomous minivans on public roads in Arizona and California later this month.

The company’s specially modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was among the stars of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 8 when it shared the stage with Waymo CEO John Krafcik.

Waymo, which was spun off from Alphabet’s X lab just last month, outfitted 100 of the minivans with a sensor system that was developed in-house for self-driving applications.

About 100 more may join the fleet this year, Bloomberg News reported.

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