Alphabet's Waymo gets ready for self-driving minivans

Alphabet's self-driving minivan to hit the roads in 2017

Google's newly renamed self-driving car project, Waymo, is preparing to test autonomous-drive minivans after taking delivery of 100 modified Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans.

"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 full self-driving technology," said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo.

The minivans were built at Fiat Chrysler Automobile's assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, and were designed and modified over the last six months by engineers from the the car company and Waymo.

"Our partnership with Waymo enables FCA to directly address the opportunities and challenges the automotive industry faces as we quickly approach a future where fully self-driving vehicles are very much a part of our daily lives," said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler.

Alphabet announced last week that the self-driving car project would become a stand-alone division renamed as Waymo. Krafcik has said Waymo will develop autonomous-drive technology that will be incorporated into vehicles built by automakers.

So far, Waymo has not indicated when it expects its technology to be offered as part of a car or truck that will be sold to the public. It also hasn't announced which automaker will be the first to include its technology in new vehicles.