According to Google, the plan calls for 100 units of the new hybrid minivan. Through this partnership with FCA, they hope to have their Pacificas on the road by the end of the year.
This is the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker on a self-driving car. It makes the Pacifica unique among Google’s test fleet. FCA is designing these minivans specifically for Google so they can more easily house the components of their self-driving systems. This includes room for computers and sensors.
The Pacifica also provides Google with the chance to test a larger vehicle. This type of vehicle may be key when these cars hit the road. They provide easier passenger access through their sliding doors, which could make them a top choice for passengers with limited mobility. Google hopes the collaboration will speed the testing process and get self-driving cars on our roads more quickly.