So Alphabet s Google is supposed to be cool, at least in a tech-y way, right?
So how come it chose the Fiat Chrysler Pacifica minivan for a test fleet of autonomous taxis?
As the second most valuable publicly traded company in the world — only Apple is worth more — you d think Google could partner with any car company and hook up a fleet of any car model it wanted.
Indeed, the Google Self-Driving Car Project team was rumored to be in conversations with other large American, European, and Asian car companies about partnering on autonomous car testing.
But Fiat Chrysler Automotive FCA didn t walk away.
FCA s CEO Sergio Marchionne made it clear he didn t think individual car companies, no matter how massive, should develop self-driving vehicle technology separately — for reasons of cost and uniformity.