Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Google are reportedly very close to signing a deal related to self-driving car technology.
Sources have told both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal that FCA and Google are in the late stage of negotiations, with the technology giant responsible for the supply of autonomous vehicle technology, while the Italian-American car maker will provide the automotive platform and manufacturing capability.
According AutoExtremist, talks kicked off between John Krafcik, head of Google’s autonomous car division, and Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s CEO, in the aftermath of CES 2016 in January.
The website believes that in the short term, if the deal goes through, the two companies will develop an autonomous version of recently unveiled Chrysler Pacifica people mover.
Above: The new Chrysler Pacifica.
Ever since Marchionne’s very public courtship of General Motors fizzled out, the outspoken CEO has gone on the record that the automaker was in “parallel conversations with many players who are outside the auto sector at the moment” .
Bloomberg understands that Google was previously in discussions with General Motors regarding self-driving car technology, but the two American companies couldn’t come to an agreement about the ownership of the technology or data.
So far, Google logged over 2.4 million kilometres in its development of autonomous vehicle technology.