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Waymo Enlists Avis to Maintain Self-Driving Cars

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/28/2017 Motor Trend Staff
2017-Chrysler-Pacifica-Hybrid-for-Waymo-side-profile-detail.jpg Waymo Enlists Avis to Maintain Self-Driving Cars Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Waymo and Avis Partnership© Motor Trend Staff Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Waymo and Avis Partnership

Waymo's autonomous vehicles can drive themselves, but they can't change their own oil or rotate their own tires. To keep its driverless fleet in tip-top shape, Waymo has partnered with the rental car fleet specialists at Avis Budget Group.

Avis will perform typical services, from fillups and charge-ups to oil changes and brake installations, on Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that are now roaming around Phoenix, Ariz. The partnership will leverage Avis' experience managing large-scale fleets, while Waymo will continue to look after the autonomous parts of the vehicles.

Earlier this year, Waymo released self-driving cars to the public around the Phoenix area. As part of an "early rider" program, residents can receive free rides in self-driving cars in exchange for providing their feedback on the experience. The goal of the program is to give a select group of participants access to self-driving cars on an everyday basis.

Waymo, which spun off from Google, has logged millions of autonomous miles on public roads. Its fleet has grown to 600 Pacifica plug-in hybridsequipped with sensors, radar, and LiDAR for autonomous driving.

Waymo is seeking multiple partnerships to accelerate the deployment of driverless cars. Not only did it strike a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to obtain the Pacificas, but it recently linked up with Lyft and has been in talks with Honda.

Source: Waymo via Medium

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