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FCA will design special Chrysler Pacifica minivans for Google self-driving

2017-pacifica-highlights-mpgGoogle will add about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to their self-driving car program by the end of the year.

Google is collaborating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for a design that allows for the Google autonomous driving equipment.

FCA will design the minivans to allow the self-driving systems to accomodate r self-driving software, and the sensors.

The minivan design allows Google to test a larger vehicle that is easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors.

In the coming months, Google will collaborate closely with FCA engineers.

A Google announcement says that 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.

Google claims that collaborations is 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 and coalition have been pushing for self-driving cars without steering wheels, however, Consumer WatchDog and other safety groups believe it would not be safe.