Fiat Chrysler, Google Join Together to Expand Google Self-Driving Car Program
Earlier this month, we reported on some pretty awesome industry rumors that hinted at a partnership between Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles involving the tech giant’s self-driving technology—and it looks like those rumors are now fact.
Quickly after the rumors broke that Google was planning on using the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica for its newly expanded Self-Driving Car Project, this innovative partnership was confirmed by the two companies. This announcement marks the first time Google has made an effort to work directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system—which includes Google’s sensors and software—into a passenger vehicle.
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Google plans on using the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to test its autonomous technology. This act will more than double the company’s current fleet of self-driving test vehicles.
“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 of the 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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The partnership will build 100 of the self-driving minivans and no more. According to a report from Reuters, Google won’t be sharing autonomous car technology with the Italian-American carmaker. The tech giant will also own the data received from the testing with the minivan.
As the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan begins gaining more popularity in its segment, it will be interesting to see if the use of this minivan in Google testing—which is like an “Buy This!” endorsement from the powerful company—affects the minivan’s sales.