A new report claims that Google is in “late stage talks” with Fiat Chrysler for a potential partnership on its self-driving car project. The report comes merely a day after one of the company’s X division executives said that the self-driving car project is close to graduating from Google’s moonshot division. It’s said that Google and Fiat Chrysler might agree to a technical partnership, the companies obviously haven’t confirmed anything yet.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Google is looking for a partner from the pool of traditional car makers to work with it on its self-driving car project.
At one point it was said that Google and Ford are close to reaching an agreement but one never materialized, and Ford has since made clear that it’s not really interested in functioning as a contract manufacturer for Google’s self-driving cars.
Google may have perfected its self-driving car technology but it’s not a car company, it never has been, so it needs to work with a traditional car maker that knows the business inside and out, and has manufacturing facilities in place already.
Fiat and Google might be a good fit if both companies can see their vision align on this, but for now, both are keeping quiet, they’ve offered no comment on this report and it’s unclear when an official announcement of this partnership if it’s confirmed, is going to be made.