Report: Google Shelves Self-Driving Car | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

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Google is reportedly ditching its own plans for a self-driving car, in favor of working with established automakers.As reported by TechCrunch, which cited subscription service The Information, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit is opting for more partnerships—like the one it struck with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) earlier this year.The companies in May announced plans to integrate self-driving sensors and software into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Shared responsibilities are being carried out at a facility in Michigan, where the organizations will design and manufacture the FCA’s first autonomous minivan.In December 2014, Google unveiled its first fully functional self-driving car—a Volkswagen Beetle-like number which ditches the typical steering wheel and conventional controls for a more roomy compartment. It also has a fleet of Lexus SUV and Toyota Prius vehicles equipped with its technology making the rounds on public streets.Google’s test fleet has traveled more than 1.5 million autonomous miles on public roads. The vehicles are currently motoring around California, Texas, Washington, and Arizona.

Source: Report: Google Shelves Self-Driving Car | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

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