Here's Google's new self-driving minivan

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Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has unveiled its latest vehicle: A Fiat Chrysler minivan .

In a blog post published late Sunday (or early Monday, depending on your timezone), CEO John Krafcik revealed the first photos of the vehicle, which it has been working on with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles since May 2016.

The minivan is a modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Waymo has a 100-strong fleet of them, which it will be testing on public roads in 2017.

The news comes shortly after Waymo announced that it is being spun out from Alphabet's experimental X lab into a full-fledged Alphabet company , with its own CEO and new name (Waymo).

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Waymo's graduation from X came after it scaled back some of its loftier ambitions. The early vision was to build automobiles as well as software — but that has been dialed back to focus on creating self-driving features for other vehicles.

Waymo's graduation from X came after it scaled back some of its loftier ambitions. The early vision was to build automobiles as well as software — but that has been dialed back to focus on creating self-driving features for other vehicles.

The company is being headed up by chief exec John Krafcik, who came on board in 2015 after working for Hyundai.

The company is being headed up by chief exec John Krafcik, who came on board in 2015 after working for Hyundai.

Source: Recode

The new minivans will be tested on public roads in areas where Waymo has already been trialling its self-driving tech, like Austin, Texas and Metro Phoenix, Arizona.

The new minivans will be tested on public roads in areas where Waymo has already been trialling its self-driving tech, like Austin, Texas and Metro Phoenix, Arizona.

"As we get fully self-driving cars ready for the road, we’ll need more types of vehicles to refine and test our advanced driving software," Krafcik wrote. "With this great new minivan on the road in our test markets, we’ll learn how people of all ages, shapes, and group sizes experience our fully self-driving technology."

"As we get fully self-driving cars ready for the road, we’ll need more types of vehicles to refine and test our advanced driving software," Krafcik wrote. "With this great new minivan on the road in our test markets, we’ll learn how people of all ages, shapes, and group sizes experience our fully self-driving technology."
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