Google has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to create a fleet of 100 autonomous minivans.
The collaboration will see the two companies work on building and testing the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans with the first bunch potentially set to hit the roads as early as the end of the year.
Google has released a statement detailing its technological involvement in the partnership.
"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.
“The minivan design also gives us an opportunity to test a larger vehicle that could be easier for passengers to enter and exit, particularly with features like hands-free sliding doors."
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that the project could be the first in a series of partnerships with Google.
"This first phase of the operation is very targeted. It's designed to take Google technology into the minivan.
“It's very, very focused.”
In line with the collaboration Google has been lobbying the Californian and federal regulators to slash requirements that for steering wheels and brake pedals from autonomous cars.
Google self-driving project CEO John Krafcik believes that FCA is geared up to pave the way for the next step in autonomous driving.
"FCA has a nimble and experienced engineering team.
"The opportunity to work closely with FCA engineers will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully self-driving car that will make our roads safer and everyday destinations within reach for those who cannot drive."
Google previously worked on the Lexus RX 450h SUV hybrid consisting of around 70 vehicles.