Roughly 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be fitted with Google self-driving technology.

In a followup to this morning's report, Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have officially announced a partnership for the development of autonomous vehicles. This is the first time Google will work with a major automaker, and the tech company will integrate its self-driving technology into a fleet of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, beginning later this year.

According to FCA’s official announcement, engineering responsibilities will be split between the two companies. FCA will initially produce around 100 examples of the Pacifica Hybrid minivan specifically for this project. Google will then add its sensors and computers that allow the vehicles to drive and navigate roads autonomously.

Development of the self-driving minivans will take place at a facility in southeast Michigan, likely near FCA’s Auburn Hills headquarters. From there, the autonomous Pacifica Hybrids will be tested at Google’s private track in California, and will eventually make their way onto public roads. Google currently tests its self-driving cars in four U.S. cities – Austin, Texas; Kirkland, Washington; Mountain View, California; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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