FCA and Google are collaborating and the Chrysler Pacifica will be your autonomous vehicle
FCA make 100 units of the Pacifica Hybrid specifically for this project. The responsibilities at the level of engineering at in charge of both companies. This means that FCA will be responsible of the production of these specimens, and subsequently Google install the sensors and monitoring equipment and software necessary to make them autonomous cars.
In its press release, Google confirmed the agreement and added that “this experience help you both to better understand how to create an autonomous vehicle that can take you from a To B with just the touch of a button“. Also explained the decision to use the Chrysler Pacifica because they “give you the opportunity to test a larger vehicle, in which enter and exit will be easier for their passengers.”
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, is also optimistic and said that “this experience will be critical to to find technological solutions for the car that will also benefit the consumer”. The tests with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will start in the facilities of Google in California and then will move on to the streets. Will be in the four cities where tested currently: Austin (Texas), Kirkland (Washington), Mountain View (California) and Phoenix (Arizona).
Source – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles