Fiat-Chrysler Invests $30 Million in Autonomous Vehicle Technologies
Fiat-Chrysler recently invested a whopping $30 million in its Chelsea Proving Grounds facility to research and test autonomous vehicle technologies. Autonomous vehicles are likely to hit the market within the next five years, and FCA plans to be among the industry’s leaders when that day comes.
According to The News Wheel, the money will largely be invested in an expansion to a 6,500-square-foot command center to house major equipment for testing self-driving cars. Some of the money will also go towards creating a space to test varying levels of autonomy, like a highway-speed track. FCA will also be able to work with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to test safety protocols on the new autonomous vehicle technologies.
“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, the CEO of FCA. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”
In total, the facility will cover 35 acres, adding to the already astonishing 4,000 acres that make up the Chelsea Proving Grounds. To learn more about what’s new and what’s upcoming from Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram, stop into Paulding CDJR.