Google, Fiat Chrysler reportedly close to agreeing on self-driving car partnership

Google, Fiat Chrysler reportedly close to agreeing on self-driving car partnership

According to a Reuters report, tech giant Google and bigwig automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to finalizing a partnership deal related to self-driving car development efforts.

The Reuters report is based on the information shared by three unidentified sources familiar with the reportedly ongoing partnership-centered discussions between Google and Fiat Chrysler. The discussions, which are private to the two companies, were first reported by AutoExtremist.com blog on Thursday.

If Google and Fiat Chrysler agree on a self-driving car partnership, the move will apparently break boundaries between the Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race for developing, and subsequently manufacturing, self-driving cars.

Meanwhile, though the reported partnership discussions have not been confirmed by either of the two parties involved, Google has already said that it is exploring partnership deals with automakers because it does not want to manufacture self-driving cars on its own.

On the other hand, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had said in an earlier-this-week statement that the automaker is in partnership talks with an advanced tech company. However, Marchionne had not offered any details about the partnership talks.

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