Google, FCA Announce Partnership for Self-Driving Cars

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

FCA and Google have teamed up to expand the tech giant’s self-driving car program.

Up until now, Google has mostly used Toyota and Lexus models for its self-driving car prototypes, but soon we will be seeing the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan sporting Google’s gear. The automaker announced that the first-of-its-kind collaboration and will be integrating all of Google’s self-driving technology into its all-new minivan. This marks the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker with its own self-driving system, including sensors and software that already come with the car from the factory.

According to FCA, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan will be used later this year for Google’s self-driving tests and will more than double Google’s current fleet of test vehicles. FCA will initially design and engineer around 100 vehicles uniquely built for Google, while Google will integrate the suite of sensors and computers that each vehicle needs to reliably navigate roadways autonomously.

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As a result of the partnership, both companies 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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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