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Waymo orders thousands of driverless cars for public debut

A Waymo self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Photo: Waymo

As it prepares to make its fully driverless cars (without a safety driver in the front seat) available for rides to the public this year, Waymo says it has ordered thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

Why it matters: The self-driving car race continues at full speed. General Motors' Cruise recently said it will deploy its cars to the public in 2019, while ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft have been testing rides with passengers on smaller scales.

  • The fully driverless car rides will first be publicly available in Phoenix, and later in more cities. Waymo began testing its driverless cars there in November.
  • So far, Fiat Chrysler has provided Waymo with 600 such cars.

Go deeper: Axios took a ride in one of Waymo's self-driving minivans at its secret testing facility.

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