Senior Editor Greg Migliore reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute​. Highlights include the Google-FCA autonomous driving partnership, Ferrari's leadership change, and Jeep Wrangler spy art.
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[00:00:00] FCA and Google announced a deal this week to co-develop autonomous car technology. Now both teams will send engineers to southeast Michigan where they will work on the technology together. The deal appears to be a win-win for both sides. Google gets about 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. FCA gets access to Google's technology for self-driving cars, which the tech giant has been working on for years. This move immediately positions FCA

[00:00:30] to be potentially among the leaders in self-driving cars. The deal does not appear to be exclusive, but both sides will likely benefit from it greatly. The project is expected to start this year, but no financial terms were disclosed.

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne is consolidating his power at the iconic Italian sports-car maker. By adding the CEO title he will have even more power and control over the daily operations of Ferrari.

[00:01:00] Ferrari is trying to re-make itself as not just a sports-car maker and racing team but also as a luxury brand. That means perhaps an amusement park in North America, which we've reported on previously.

This week we got an early look at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. So what we see in these spy shots, or at least we think we see, is a vehicle that's going to use more aluminum in a bid to reduce weight and thus improve fuel economy. So right now the Wrangler is still a couple years away, but as you look at these spy shots

[00:01:30] you can see that it has new technology but it's also going to remain true to what a Wrangler always has been and hopefully always will be.

Those are the highlights from the week that was. For Autoblog I'm Greg Migliore.

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