Google, Fiat Chrysler to test self-driving minivans in Michigan
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By Jeff Bennett
Published: May 25, 2016 9:39 p.m. ET
Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, +0.72% GOOGL, +0.69% Google has begun work with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCAU, +3.03% on self-driving technology for testing in Pacifica minivans, and will open an engineering and development center in a Detroit suburb, Google’s autonomous vehicle chief said Wednesday.
A new office in Novi, Mich., will serve as the base for Google’s autonomous driving research in Michigan, according to a statement by John Krafcik, Google’s self-driving car project chief executive. Engineers will begin moving into the site this year.
The Google car team has been a leader in developing autonomous car technology, and signed a deal earlier this month to begin collaborating with Fiat Chrysler as its first automotive partner. Go
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