The automated cars of the future may not look as cool as we’ve imagined. Bloomberg said Tuesday that Google and Fiat Chrysler are partnering to create self-driving minivans. Yeah, minivans.
A separate report last week suggested that Google and Fiat Chrysler were in “late talks” for partnering on a self-driving car. Today’s news suggests that the two have agreed on building an autonomous version of Chrysler’s hybrid Pacifica minivan. Bloomberg said that “several dozen self-driving prototypes” are planned and that the first Pacifica minivans with “Google technology” will launch later this year. The report didn’t expand on that last bit of information or explain what sort of “Google technology” will be in consumer-ready cars.
Apple has also talked with automakers in hopes of attracting a partner for the rumored Apple Car, though recent reports suggested that BMW and Daimler recently cut off cooperation discussions with Apple. That may put Google ahead of the pack.