Google’s new self-driving minivans hitting the road

Google’s self-driving car company Waymo will deploy its fleet of self-driving minivans on public roads in January, reported The Verge.

The company said its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans would drive on public roads in Mountain View, California and Phoenix, Arizona.

Waymo built the radar, sensors, and software for the self-driving minivans and was able to significantly lower the cost of production.

The company built its LIDAR sensors to required specifications for only 10% of the price of off-the-shelf hardware, it said.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik said the company is considering several services for its self-driving cars, including ride-hailing and personal transportation products.

Waymo does not plan to manufacture its own self-driving cars, focussing on building and installing hardware and software for self-driving vehicles.

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