Saturday, 30 April 2016

Google’s self-driving cars are inches closer to reality with new Fiat Chrysler partnership

Google already stepped in making future car more advance & secure with self-driving cars. Now Google has step more closer making their dream come true. Google is reportedly in the late stages of talks with Fiat Chrysler on an “advanced technical partnership” to produce autonomous vehicles.

The deal will reportedly entail producing a self-driving version of the Pacifica minivan. The CEO of Fiat Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, and Google’s self-driving car project chief, John Krafcik, have apparently been meeting since not long after CES 2016. The two are reportedly now in the final stages of sealing a deal between Alphabet and Fiat Chrysler. So how would this deal benefit both sides?

According to the Wall Street Journal reports that Fiat Chrysler has been looking for a “partner to share the cost of research and development”. The deal would be a win-win: Google gets an established manufacturing, distribution and servicing partner, and FCA gets a deep-pocketed savior with the technical guns to bring its business into the self-driving 21st century.

Google is likely looking at the long-term prospects of having an established manufacturing partner in the auto industry to help jump-start its project in the mainstream. For obvious reasons, Google would like to avoid having to set up its own infrastructure for the self-driving car project. Krafcik has gone on record admitting as much recently, confessing that Google desperately needs industry partners if the self-driving car project is to take off.

Meanwhile, Google and Ford have joined forces to lead a coalition of companies advocating federal approval of driverless cars in the near future.