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Alphabet's Self-Driving Unit Finds Another Service Partner

  • Dealer group AutoNation will tend to Waymo’s autonomous vans
  • Service agreement follows Avis Budget deal reached in June
A Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology.
A Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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AutoNation Inc., the largest car-dealer group in the U.S., reached an agreement to maintain and help manage fleets for Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc.

The multi-year service agreement starts with AutoNation supporting Waymo’s autonomous vehicle programs in Phoenix and Northern California and will expand to markets across the U.S. With its expertise in detailing, repairs and maintenance, AutoNation’s role is to keep the cars on the road for longer.