Google's Self-Driving Chrysler Minivans Spied

Posted: Oct 10 2016, 2:02pm CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Google's Self-Driving Chrysler Minivans Spied
Credit: Electrek
  • Google starts testing the self-driving program with Chrysler minivans

There will be an addition of 100 hybrid Chrysler minivans which will be included in the self-driving fleet of Google.

The recent spy shots leaked by Electrek suggest that google is going to add a fleet of minivans in its felt of self-driving vehicles. Until now google was testing self-driving with the help of Lexus and other models and it is time that the company adds more vehicles to the testing.

The photos that were taken from a facility of google in Mountain View showed more than 12-13 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which were all laced with the Google’s self-driving gadgets and sensors.

The company is off to equip around 100 vehicles like this for self-driving project after the collaboration with Fiat Chrysler, according to Engadget.

A Minivan might not look like a suitable and beautiful vehicle of self-driving. However according to Google it will help the company to attain more data on the project and will also show the effects of self-driving on a larger vehicle.

It will give an idea for the self-driving technology to be deployed on the large vehicles such as Vans and mini trucks. The photos showed that these minivans are getting new sensors and some of them are placed on the roof too. Along with that a new device was seen mounted on the bumper as well.

The model that has been chosen for self-driving fleet inclusion is a hybrid minivan. This minivan had a 16kWh battery which provides a range of 30 miles.

Thus the vehicle ideal for providing the robust electric system that is needed for the tech used in these testing vehicles, making it a great choice for project.

Google has logged in 2 million miles in its self-driving project. However the company is still lagging behind the famous Tesla self-driving project.

Tesla has logged over 200 million autopilot miles through its testing vehicles. Thus Google will have to work more in order to make the facility better and safe before launching it.

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