Earlier this month, Google and Chrysler announced they were working together to build self-driving cars based on the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan. But Google’s keen to point out that this is still very much experimentation and not the birth of a commercial vehicle.

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Reuters reports that Google’s self-driving car Chief Exec John Krafcik has explained that:

“This is just [Fiat Chrysler] and Google building 100 cars together... We’re still talking to a lot of different automakers... We’ve been very open about what the technology is and the problem we want to solve together. Solving this problem is going to require a lot of partnership.”

Reuters further reports that Google is “not sharing proprietary self-driving vehicle technology with Fiat Chrysler” and that the vehicles they’re working on “would not be offered for sale.” The pair will, though, produce 100 of the vehicles for testing.

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There is a lot to be said for the minivan-as-automaton, as our own Alissa Walker has pointed out. They’re safe, spacious, accessible and generic enough to provide a blank canvas for automation. Those are all very good things.

So, the minivan may be the future of the self-driving car. But as Google is keen to point out, the Chrysler Pacifica isn’t necessarily destined to be the future of its self-driving car.

[Reuters]