Google's next self-driving car is a minivan

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[MUSIC] Google is getting in touch with its inner soccer mom. Its self-driving car has morphed into a Chrysler Pacifica minivan, thanks to a new partnership with Fiat Chrysler. This is the first time that Google has worked directly with a car company even though the existing self driving vehicles look like the regular versions you'd see on the road. They include Toyota Prius, Lexus RX 458 and the adorable Bubble Car prototype. 100 vehicles equipped with the self driving system will be designed and manufactured in Michigan and the first few are expected to hit the road at the end of the year. Minivans might not be the coolest cars around but they certainly are practical. Google says the design will let them test a larger vehicle that's easier for passengers to enter and exit thanks to the hands-free sliding doors. It certainly seems like a car suited to the tech company with features like a built-in vacuum cleaner, 12 power sockets, and eight USB ports. For those who would rather do the driving yourself, the regular Pacifica that was shown off at the Detroit Motor Show goes on sale in the US later this year. [SOUND]

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