For the first time, being in a partnership, the tech savant Google and the giant automobile company Fiat Chrysler are going to launch 100 autopilot minivans on the road.
Formerly, Google manufactured its test armada by individually purchasing Lexus SUVs and retrofitting them with its innovation and by building a second model totally starting with no outside help.
For this situation, Fiat Chrysler Automobile is very concerned and will work intimately with Google’s group to explicitly outline minivans where it will be anything but difficult to introduce its self-driving frameworks, from both an equipment and programming point of view.
It is expected that those autopilot minivans will be on the road by the end of this year as Google said.
Furthermore, in a blog post Google has written that “Collaborations like these are an important part of realizing the potential of self-driving technology to improve road safety and make transportation more accessible for millions of people.”
Here is the full detail about Google’s autopilot minivans:
We’ve expanded our testing program to a total of four U.S. cities over the last several months, so it’s time to add more vehicles to our fleet. We’re planning to more than double our fleet with the initial addition of about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, and we hope the first few will be on the road by the end of this year.
The post continues by saying:
This collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the first time we’ve worked directly with an automaker to create our vehicles. FCA will design the minivans so it’s easy for us to install our self-driving systems, including the computers that hold our self-driving software, and the sensors that enable our software to see what’s on the road around the vehicle. The minivan design also gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors.
The post concludes with highlighting how the team will work with the FCA:
In the coming months, our team will collaborate closely with FCA engineers. This experience will help both teams better understand how to create a fully self-driving car that can take you from A to B with the touch of a button. Collaborations like these are an important part of realizing the potential of self-driving technology to improve road safety and make transportation more accessible for millions of people.