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.
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.
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.