Waymo Announces Autonomous Minivans

Looks like we’re going to see self-driving Alphabet cars on the road sooner rather than later. “Alphabet’s newest subsidiary, Waymo—the former self-driving car program within Alphabet’s X research lab—said today that it will be rolling out 100 of its new autonomous minivans onto US roads in 2017. The chunky cars were developed through a partnership between Google and Fiat Chrysler engineers, and their design is based on the automaker’s new Pacifica minivans.”

Google Self-Driving Chrysler Pacifica Minivans Spotted in San Francisco

You can now take a shufti at Google’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan. “Last May, Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a deal to make a fleet of self-driving Pacifica minivans — the first phase in a broader autonomous car deal between the two companies. On Sunday, the first prototypes were spotted in a San Francisco parking garage by the CEO of Enterprise Garage Consultancy, who sent some spy photos to Electrek. They show over a dozen plug-in hybrid Pacificas with cameras and LIDAR sensors mounted on their roofs.”

FCA US (Chrysler) Starts Bug Bounty Program (PRESS RELEASE)

The latest company to start a bug bounty program makes cars (PRESS RELEASE). “Reflecting the rapidly increasing convergence of connectivity technology and the automotive industry, FCA US LLC today announced the launch of a public bug bounty program on the Bugcrowd platform to enhance the safety and security of its consumers, their vehicles and connected services.” “FCA US” not ringing any bells? It used to be The Chrysler Group.