In recent years, competition between technology companies and automakers has emerged in the development of the self-driving car. Working independently of each other, this competition has introduced a wary relationship between both industries, but recently, a major breakthrough has taken place, as Google announced Tuesday that it would expand its automobile testing by installing its technology in a fleet of 100 Fiat Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Instead of working on its own in creating and testing self-driving vehicles, Google has abandoned course, which has greatly benefitted Fiat Chrysler, as it now gains access to Google’s technology and technological expertise that could allow it to catch up to other car companies in the race of building self-driving vehicles. Furthermore, Google benefits from the collaboration by not having to work horizontally with an automotive supplier to build its cars. Instead, Chrysler will design and engineer the minivan while Google will then place sensors and computer systems into the vehicles. Because of this, the chief executive of the Google Self-Driving Car Project, John Krafik, stated that, “the collaboration will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully-self driving car that will make ou
r roads safer and bring everyday destinations within reach for those physically handicap and unable to drive.” In essence, not only does this collaboration benefit both Fiat and Google, but it also supports the collaboration’s main goal of preventing accidents and saving lives with these efficient self-driving cars. By making this collaborative step, Google and Fiat become one step closer to reducing traffic fatalities by 33,000 a year along with solve the problem of drunk driving.