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Confirmed: FCA and Google team up in self-driving car venture

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Google have just confirmed last week’s rumour: They agreed to work together on the development of self-driving cars.

As a result, 100 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans will receive Google’s autonomous driving technology and help the Alphabet company expand its self-driving car program. They will be fitted with numerous sensors, radars, and computers.

Both FCA and Google will co-locate part of their engineering teams at a facility in southeastern Michigan to accelerate the design, testing, and manufacturing of the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica. 

“FCA has a nimble and experienced engineering team, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is well-suited for Google’s self-driving technology,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Google Self-Driving Car Project. “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.”