Fiat Teams With Silicon Valley's Aurora on Self-Driving Tech

Aurora partners with Fiat Chrysler over self-driving tech

Fiat partners with Aurora on self-driving cars

The self-driving startup said its Aurora Driver technology has been integrated into six vehicle platforms from sedans, SUVs, mini-vans to large commercial vehicles and trucks.

A pioneer in the autonomous field, Aurora employs over 200 at offices in Pittsburgh, Palo Alto and San Francisco.

FCA insiders have blamed French government interference for scuttling the proposed "merger-of-equals", but sources in France have, in turn, claimed that they were concerned that the deal could have fractured the two decade old Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

Test vehicles could reach the road in the next three to five years.

Mike Manly, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler commented on the unique skill set coupled with purposeful and advanced technology brought by Aurora.

The company is among dozens of startups, automakers and large technology companies working on self-driving vehicle systems, eager to capitalize on a sea change in the transportation industry brought by developments in machine learning. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation.

None the less, the Italian-American carmaker had already an existing tie-up with Google-owner Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo's self-driving unit, supplying Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid driverless minivans, which is now under operation in the USA state of Arizona.

In the non-monogamous world of high-tech transportation, the connecting lines crisscross all over one another. Financial details of the partnership were not revealed.

FCA brings deep expertise in the design, development and manufacturing of a wide range of commercial vehicles, as well as established relationships with a broad range of suppliers, dealers and commercial vehicle customers needed to deploy this technology. The general consensus is that costs will run too high, at least in the early years, for most consumers, putting the focus on commercial ventures.

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