FCA joins hands with Google to build autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan

Google has announced a collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to develop fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan. This the first instance of the technology stalwart joining hands with an automotive OEM to extend its autonomous car technology.

The engineering teams of both firms will be working together to get as many as 100 units of the self-driving minivan for tests. The automaker will be responsible for getting the Pacifica compatible for Google’s self-driving hardware and software, while Goole will be in charge of integrating its technology. It will involve installing various sensors, cameras, in addition to control and assistance systems.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan
Both FCA and Google will be working together in converting regular Pacifica hybrid minivans into self-driving mules.

The first of the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan is expected to hit the streets before the end of this year. This is what FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne had to say about the partnership:

The experience both companies gain will be fundamental to delivering automotive technology solutions that ultimately have far-reaching consumer benefits.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan interior
Google’s autonomous car testing program is set to expand to four US cities shortly.

The self-driving Pacifica minivans will first be tested at Google’s private facility in California before plying the public roads. Google’s testing program would be expanded to four US cities in the coming months. This partnership is expected to give both entities a better understanding of the self-driving technology and its challenges.

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