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This Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, shows the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Fiat Chrysler and Google announced Tuesday, May 3, 2016, that they will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Bloomberg) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Alphabet Inc.’s Google plan to develop about 100 self-driving prototypes based on the carmaker’s Pacifica minivan, the companies said today.

The collaboration is the first phase of a joint project to create autonomous vehicles, people familiar with the matter said. The vehicles will be used by Google to test its self-driving technology. The companies would remain free to cooperate in driverless technology with other partners, said people familiar with the matter.

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