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Chrysler teams up with Waymo for self-driving minivans

Dec 19, 2016

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.