Google Partner with Fiat Chrysler to make Self-driving Minivan Big Enough for a Family
On Tuesday, Google and Fiat Chrysler said they are joining forces to make a self-driving minivan. The partnership will adapt 100 Chrysler Pacifica hybrids which might become Google's first autonomous family car someday.
However, people who want to try out the car still have to wait for a while because the minivan will not hit the market anytime soon. It will be tested first on a private track which will then be tried out on public roads.
Google's small self-driving two-seat prototype was designed by the tech giant on its own. Partnering with Chrysler, will be Google's very first venture with a big automaker. This version of the minivan is bigger than that with seven-seater capacity. The self-driving van offers sufficient space for the whole family and is modeled on Fiat Chrysler's 2017 Pacifica.
In April, Fiat Chrysler's chairman John Elkann had said that his company should join forces with businesses like Google or Apple than competing. Even, Google for a while has been discussing with many auto manufacturers because the recent agreement with Fiat Chrysler does not stop any of the two companies from collaborating with other partners.