Citing sources close to the situation, Bloomberg reports that Google’s Waymo division is planning to introduce a ride-sharing service in conjunction with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in late 2017.
As part of the program, Google will co-develop and make use of semi-autonomous versions of the Chrysler Pacifica. The two companies announced in May that they would jointly build 100 prototypes based on the hybrid version of the minivan in an effort to evaluate Google’s self-driving technology.
The deal marks the first partnership between an automotive company and Google on the development of autonomous vehicles. While the tech giant has expressed an interest in collaborating with automakers, manufacturers have been reluctant as a result of issues concerning software control.
FCA is set to unveil a fully-electric version of the Chrysler Pacifica at CES in Las Vegas next month.
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