Google and Fiat Chrysler partner on self-driving cars
Google and Fiat Chrysler self-driving car partnership to double Google’s self-driving car fleet.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) has announced it was teaming up with Google on self-driving technology. It is the first time Google has worked directly with a car maker to integrate its technology into a passenger vehicle. Around 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be equipped with Google’s technology, more than doubling Google’s current fleet of self-driving test vehicles. ”This collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the first time we’ve worked directly with an automaker to create our vehicles. FCA will design the minivans so it’s easy for us to install our self-driving systems, including the computers that hold our self-driving software, and the sensors that enable our software to see what’s on the road around the vehicle,” said Google on the project’s Google+ page. ”The minivan design also gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors.”
Google has conducted discussions with a number of car manufacturers, including General Motors, according to Bloomberg.
Google’s and FCA’s engineering teams will work together at a facility in southeastern Michigan.
A win-win deal
Google’s self-driving cars have driven over 1.5 million miles on public roads since the project started in 2009. They are currently being tested in Mountain View, CA, Austin, TX, Kirkland, WA and Phoenix, AZ. By partnering with FCA, Google will be able to test its self-driving system in larger passenger cars for the first time. Fiat will uniquely engineer the vehicles, instead of retrofitting existing ones. Fiat, on the other hand, gets the opportunity to catch up on self-driving cars, an area where the car maker has been perceived as lagging behind. “Working with Google provides an opportunity for FCA to partner with one of the world’s leading technology companies to accelerate the pace of innovation in the automotive industry,” said Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s chief executive officer in a statement.
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