William Maley

Fiat News: It's Official! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google Announce A Partnership

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Over the weekend, we reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Alphabet Inc. - Google's parent company - were in talks about a technology partnership to use Google's self-driving tech in a vehicle, the new Chrysler Pacifica. Yesterday, the companies made it official.

 

This is the first time that Google has partnered directly with an automaker to integrate their autonomous tech into a vehicle.

 

The deal will see FCA build 100 specially prepared Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid vans that will be sent over to Google where they'll get to have autonomous hardware and software fitted. Both companies will share a facility near FCA's headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI.

 

This group of vans will be used for testing purposes and double Google's test fleet from 100 to 200 vehicles. Now the deal is non-exclusive to both parties. It is also unknown if this deal is a one-off or could lead to something more.

 

“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,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Google Self-Driving Car Project.

 

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Google

 

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That sucks.. I like Google too. lol

 

I guess the newest FCA products will at least get modern user interfaces with their decade old cars.  :smilewide:

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If they could come up with a fully autonomous Pacifica that would be pretty sweet.  You could set the computer to your destination and lay down in back and sleep overnight and arrive at your destination.  That is better than first class airline travel with those bed/chair things.

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