Fiat and Google will make 100 self driving Chrisler Pacifica Hybrid Minivans

Google plans to integrate its autonomous tech [self driving car technology] into 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, expanding the fleet of 70 autonomous Lexus RX SUVs it built in-house. Engineers from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google will work together in Michigan to integrate Google’s tech into the vans, a big upgrade from the cobbled-together look of the current cars.

Fiat Chrysler could leapfrog rivals like Volkswagen, Daimler, General Motors, Nissan, and Ford in an increasingly competitive field. And Google makes good on its longstanding goal of working with partners “to bring this technology into the world safely.”

“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,” John Krafcik, who leads Google’s autonomous vehicle program, said in a statement.

SOURCE – Wired