Google displays an advanced self-driving system for the Chrysler Pacifica

Google displays an advanced self-driving system for the Chrysler Pacifica

Google displays an advanced self-driving system for the Chrysler Pacifica

Google unveiled its latest self-driving system in Chrysler Corp’s Pacifica minivan on Sunday ahead of the Detroit auto show, saying the technology is becoming more affordable and more advanced.

This was announced by John Krafcik, head of Google’s Waymo unit, whose search for a partner in developing and installing its company’s self-driving technology in cars has resulted in nothing but an alliance with Fiat Chrysler and a pending agreement with Honda Motor.

Krafcik said in an interview with the media before the auto show that the latest set of equipment and software for self-driving prepared by his unit includes a new set of sensors, an upgraded vision system, and a laser monitoring system that were all developed and produced within the unit.

Krafcik said the Waymo unit has cut the cost of a single monitoring unit by 90 percent, to about $7,500.

He said the unit plans to test its first self-driving Pacifica this month on the streets of California and Arizona. He did not specify when the system would be ready to be installed in production cars.

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