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Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, will start testing its new fleet of minivans on public roads in California and Arizona later this month. The minivans, built in collaboration with Fiat Chrysler, are Chrysler Pacifica hybrids outfitted with Waymo's own suite of sensors and radar. Waymo and FCA announced their partnership in May.
U.S. chip maker Intel plans to take a 15 percent stake in German digital mapping firm Here, it said today, as it seeks to build its presence in automated driving technology. A filing to the German cartel office showed Intel has sought approval to buy a stake in the company, which is controlled by German carmakers Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen.
Reaching the level of autonomy where no human intervention is needed to drive a vehicle is an industry goal slated for the next decade. However, some companies, such as Ford Motor Co., expect to have Level 4 vehicles in the next five years, while Tesla Motors Inc. already has equipped its vehicles with self-driving hardware and expects to install the software to go with it by next year.