There’s been a lot of anticipation and build-up to the reveal of Google’s self-driving car. Rumors were abound, but it’s been revealed that the car is actually going to be based on the Chrysler Pacifica.
Minivans are rising above the “soccer mom” stereotype, and an autonomous minivan shows that. Google was excited to announce their partnership. It’s the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker, and the result should be great.
“FCA will design the minivans so it’s easy for us to install our self-driving systems, including the computers that hold our self-driving software, and the sensors that enable our software to see what’s on the road around the vehicle,” Google said when it announced the partnership.
The Chrysler Pacifica is the ideal choice for an autonomous vehicle because it allows ultimate independence for deaf, blind, and disabled people. Because of the size and accessibility of minivans, it makes it easy for them to be adapted for wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
Chrysler is set to roll out 100 Pacifica hybrid minivans for this project, which is the next step in developing truly autonomous vehicles.