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Hybrid minivans are on the road

by David Zatz on

While official production of hybrid minivans has not yet started, Enterprise Garage has spotted one in a parking garage, equipped with a Google’s autonomous driving system.

PHEV Pacifica Hybrid

The sensors are still fairly obvious, but the system is far sleeker and better-integrated than it has been on past Google systems.

The company appears to be far more serious about autonomous driving than Tesla, which merely repackages commonly available technologies together. Google, though, has a higher incentive than selling cars: more time with the car in charge means more time to view ads.

The production Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is due for production before the end of the year. Google is likely using prototypes, and may actually be helping Chrysler to finish their final field testing (the company has, in the past, seeded preproduction vehicles with fleet buyers to help in durability testing).

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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