Google, Fiat Chrysler team up to build self-driving minivans

Team OD Updated: May 04, 2016, 05:55 PM IST

Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced that they will be working together to develop about 100 autonomous 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The two companies have stated that their engineers will work together to incorporate the autonomous driving technology in the minivan.

In an official statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has commented that "this is the first time Google is working directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle." FCA has also stated that that the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica will be first tested by Google on its test track in California before being operated on public roads.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

FCA will make around 100 vehicles that can accommodate Google's autonomous technology, while Google will be responsible for incorporating them with various sensors and computers that will give them the capability to self-navigate. Both the companies will relocate some of their engineers to a Michigan plant where the autonomous 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will be designed, manufactured and tested.

"FCA has a nimble and experienced engineering team and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is well-suited for Google's self-driving technology," said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Google Self-Driving Car Project. "The opportunity to work closely with FCA engineers will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully self-driving car that will make our roads safer and bring everyday destinations within reach for those who cannot drive."


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