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Google’s Self-driving Car Unit Waymo Retires Firefly Test Cars


Updated: June 16, 2017, 4:03 PM IST
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Google’s Self-driving Car Unit Waymo Retires Firefly Test Cars
Waymo unveils a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)
Google’s parent company - Alphabet Inc has announced that they are retiring its line of Firefly test vehicles under the self-driving car unit Waymo to focus on integrating its technology into mass-produced vehicles.

Waymo would work towards equipping its initial fleet of 600 Chrysler Pacifica minivans with custom-built radar and vision systems, and an all-new artificial intelligence compute platform, to enable the cars to see even further and sharper, the company said.

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"By focusing on mass-produced vehicles like the Pacifica minivan, we'll be able to bring fully self-driving technology to more people, more quickly," Waymo said in a blog post.

The latest technology will also allow the self-driving minivans to reach full speed compared with the Firefly, which was limited to 25 miles per hour.

Google is the pioneer of self-driving cars and working for long on the self-driving car project. With this news, Google joins the list of Apple, who have given up on the self-driving car project and will focus only on the technology, rather than the car as a whole.
First Published: June 16, 2017, 3:48 PM IST
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