DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership.Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, said Tuesday it’s adding 500 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its self-driving vehicle fleet. It will allow hundreds of people in the Phoenix area to take rides in the vehicles so it can get feedback on the experience.Phoenix-area residents could apply on Waymo’s website starting Tuesday. The vehicles will also pick up riders in Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert, Waymo said. All of the vehicles will have Waymo backup drivers who can take over in an emergency.
A new Wrangler is due in 2017, and Fiat Chrysler officials say it will be considerably more expensive to build that vehicle in Toledo than it would at one of the automaker’s other U.S. plants.
The new brand, Jeep Renegade, is a small crossover built in Italy that would start reaching US showrooms in March, with the for the entry-level Sports model priced $17,995, and an additional $2,000 for an all-wheel drive