Chrysler teams up with Waymo for self-driving minivans
Chrysler will provide about a hundred hybrid minivans for a pilot project with Waymo - Google's self-driving car subsidiary.
The Chrysler-Waymo partnership follows GM's announcement that it will test self-driving Chevy Bolts in metro Detroit.
Kelley Blue Book's Karl Brauer says Chrysler's minivans will let Waymo test self-driving vehicles with larger groups of people. They could serve as mini-buses on campuses, for example.
Brauer says it's been a big year for projects involving autonomous vehicles.
"All of these major tech companies and automakers want to be seen as -- if not winning the race to the autonomous vehicle -- at least being fully competitive and on the lead lap," says Brauer.
But in reality, Brauer says a self-driving future is at least a decade away.
He says most consumers will experience vehicle to vehicle or V2V technology before they experience a self-driving car. V2V lets cars communicate with each other and with traffic systems to prevent crashes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week a proposed rule that would make V2V technology standard in new cars.