DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler and Google’s self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership.
The talks were confirmed Thursday by a person familiar with the discussions. The person asked not to be named because the discussions are private.
The partnership would be the first to match an automaker with Google’s 7-year-old autonomous car project, which is now part of the so-called X lab at Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company.
Details haven’t been revealed. But Google has said it doesn’t intend to make self-driving cars and would prefer to license its technology to carmakers.
Fiat Chrysler – which lacks the cash to develop its own autonomous cars – might welcome the chance to test Google’s technology. The Italian-American automaker also has manufacturing expertise and factories that Google lacks.
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