Google plans to build self-driving minivan with Chrysler: Report

The self-driving minivan is said to be based on the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor
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Alphabet's Google is partnering with Fiat Chrysler to develop roughly a dozen self-driving minivans based on the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, according to Bloomberg.

It's not clear if the minivans are strictly for testing purposes or broader commercial plans, however according to the report they will be plug-in hybrid.

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Google has worked with other automakers in the past, building self-driving versions of the Toyota Prius and Lexus RX350 while testing its autonomous technology and working to make it legal on the roadways across the US.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Fiat and Google are in "late stage talks" for a technical partnership. Over the weekend, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne commented that he would love to work with Google and other technology companies.

"My approach is to be completely open to technology," Marchionne told AutoMag. I think the next paradigm of this business is a paradigm that involves the cooperation for technology with the disruptors. Google is one. Apple is another, even Uber. It's all about access to the complete information on what people do in the car. That's when the consumer has time on hand and the business case blossoms.

We have reached out to Google for comment.

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