Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google are reportedly in the late stages of talks on a so-called ‘technical partnership.’
It’s long been rumoured that Google has been seeking to form links with established car makers, as it looks to turn its advanced self-driving car project into a commercial reality. The internet company doesn’t want to build cars itself, for obvious reasons.
Fiat Chrysler would appear to be a natural fit for Google. While it’s a major car maker – the seventh largest in the world, in fact – it doesn’t seem to have advanced plans in the self-driving car space. At least, not to the extent that rivals Ford and Volvo do.
Google, meanwhile, is widely perceived to be the front-runner in autonomous car systems, with six years of research and 1.5 million test miles behind its efforts. All it lacks is the expertise and means to actually build cars at scale.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Google has been linked with a major car maker. Towards the end of 2015, it was reported that Google and Ford were teaming up to build self-driving cars. In fact, it was claimed that a completely new company would be formed from the collaboration.