Waymo Retires Iconic “Firefly” Vehicles

Google’s self-driving car company Waymo is retiring its iconic “Firefly” self-driving vehicles from testing fleets after three years in service. The Firefly, which were widely known as “the koala cars,” are being replaced by Waymo’s expanding fleet of Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid autonomous minivans. This transition comes as Waymo moves toward commercial availability, including an “early rider program” in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The end of bland: Toyota launches exciting minivan, the Sienta

Yellow is the new beige

Yellow is the new beige

Toyota has been trying to shed its bland image, a daring enterprise, considering the fact that most people like bland and do not read car blogs. Nowhere can you tell better that a company is committed to dump its blandness than with its approach to the archetypical blandest-of-bland segment, the minivan. Today, Toyota launched an all-new Sienta minivan onto the Japanese market. The minute it arrived on stage at the Bellesalle in Tokyo’s young and fashionable Shibuya district, it infused a serious dose of waku-waku, doki-doki into the usually jaded Japanese press. With the new Sienta, Toyota has a contradiction in terms, a cool minivan. [Continue Reading]