Ford has been testing its autonomous driving technology for some time now, and its Detroit neighbor GM has also joined in the fray using the Chevrolet Bolt. There is a new player that takes a more unique approach.
FCA has decided to join in the action by building a self-driving development center at the backyard of both Michigan automakers.
And while Ford and GM are using passenger cars for their tests, FCA has enlisted the help of Google – the most experienced company in terms of autonomous driving development – to eschew the driver in a utility vehicle instead.
The development center is being built at Novi, Michigan, about 30 miles from the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit and 25 miles from the Ford HQ in Dearborn. It is going to be about as large as 53,000 square feet.
Google will get 100 prototypes of the self-driving Pacifica, and they probably wouldn’t come across the driverless Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Bolt prototypes that are being tested in Arizona and San Francisco respectively.