As per the company announcement on Tuesday (3rd May), Chrysler Automobiles and Google have come together, to more than double the size of Google’s self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
The added vehicles are needed as Google expands real-world testing.
Google says it will own the gas-electric hybrid vans, and it’s not licensing autonomous car technology to Fiat Chrysler or anyone else. Both companies are free to work with others as well.
This is the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker to create its self-driving vehicles. Previously, the company built its test fleet by independently buying Lexus SUVs and retrofitting them with its technology and by building a second model completely from scratch.
The added vehicles are needed as Google increases real-world testing in four locations: Mountain View, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Kirkland, Wash.; and the Phoenix area. Initially the vans will be tested by Google on its private test track in California, but eventually they’ll make their way to public roads.
In the company statement, Google says
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.
Google says that it hopes the first new cars will be on the road by the end of the year but there will be a wait of 4 years before they reach the public hands.
Here watch a demo of the Google’s Self driving miracle:
Source: Business Insider