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Google's self-driving minivan will start test drives this month in California and Arizona

Google's self-driving minivan will start test drives this month in California and Arizona

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, will start testing its new fleet of minivans on public roads in California and Arizona 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. 

In a speech at the Detroit auto show Sunday, Chief Executive John Krafcik said that Waymo built the sensors, radar and software itself. He said the company thought the system would work better if it was developed specifically for the self-driving vehicles instead of using off-the-shelf parts. 

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