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Waymo announced on Thursday that it is bringing its Chrysler Pacifica minivans to the Detroit area to test how the company’s technology performs in the region’s harsh winters.
“Our ultimate goal is for our fully self-driving cars to operate safely and smoothly in all kinds of environments,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik writes.
Krafcik says that Waymo has been doing cold-weather tests since 2012.

But so far Waymo has done most of its testing in sunny places like Mountain View, Calif.; Phoenix, and Austin, Tex. where snow is rare. Waymo believes it has largely mastered driving in sunny climates and is preparing to launch a commercial service in the sun-drenched Phoenix area.
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