"Wally is here to pick you up" could soon be replaced by "Wall-E is here to pick you up."
Fiat Chrysler and Waymo -- Google's driverless car company -- announced Tuesday that they would open Waymo's autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix later this year.
“In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders,” said Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne in a release. “Our partnership with Waymo continues to grow and strengthen; this represents the latest sign of our commitment to this technology.”
Chrysler's parent company supplied Pacifica hybrid minivans to Waymo last year, joining Uber in the Phoenix area. According to a Chrysler release, Waymo also tested its self-driving fleet in Atlanta, San Francisco and the Detroit and Seattle areas.
“With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development, to operations and deployment,” said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo. “The Pacifica Hybrid minivans offer a versatile interior and a comfortable ride experience, and these additional vehicles will help us scale.”