The Fiat Group Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Waymon ( the company created by Google for the development of its autonomous cars) have very advanced their collaboration. If the other day we informed you that through the creation of this partnership would advance the work relating to the autonomous car of both firms and we have the first external images of the model that will shape this program.
The Chrysler Pacifica is the vehicle that has replaced with a stroke the previous Chrysler Town & Country and thanks to its modern platform and the possibility of mounting a hybrid mechanic has been selected to welcome inside all the technological load that will give life to This autonomous car. This large minivan stands as the most technological car that has the FCA Group for sale in the United States.
Another reason given by executives at Google and FCA to justify the choice of this model is that they understand that self-employed cars must compete against public transport instead of focusing this competition with private vehicles. In addition, they have also alluded to practical reasons and accessibility because thanks to their generous size people can be accommodated much better inside and inside has more space to integrate all the technology that employs.
This is the first of the 100 units of the Chrysler Pacifica that will be used to carry out the tests of validation of the autonomous technology of Google. For this, hey have chosen the version with hybrid mechanics of this minivan. The Pacifica Hybrid uses the 3.6 V6 Pentastar engine with 287 hp of power associated with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. In addition, it is supported by two electric motors and thanks to a lithium-ion battery of 16 kWh will be able to travel 48 kilometers in zero emission mode.
To conclude both Google and FCA are putting pressure on the authorities of the United States to make the regulation on this type of vehicles more homogeneous. In addition, they are also requesting that the requirement that these vehicles have a steering wheel and brake pedal is eliminated. It remains to be confirmed when the tests will officially start, but having the car ready should not be delayed much longer.