Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Contributor
San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Google’s self-driving car project will get a boost after announcing its collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to a joint press release by both companies on Tuesday.
The partnership is the initial phase of a joint project to make self-driving vehicles, according to the sources with knowledge of the matter.
Google, an industry leader in the development of self-driving cars, will work directly with an automaker for the first time to integrate its autonomous driving technology into a passenger vehicle.
For the testing, around 100 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans will be used, doubling the size of Google’s existing self-driving fleet, the statement said.
None of Google’s self-driving technology will be licensed by Fiat, according to spokeswoman Dianna Gutierrez. The minivans will form part of Google’s test fleet, she added.
Google couldn’t complete a partnership with General Motors Co. due to disagreements over ownership of technology and data, according to a source with knowledge of the matter in April.