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Google, FCA in partnership talks on autonomous car, say sources

Google has said it doesn't intend to make self-driving cars and would prefer to license its technology to carmakers


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A large number of companies, including Google, are working to develop driverless cars

A large number of companies, including Google, are working to develop driverless cars

DETROIT—Fiat Chrysler and Google’s self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership.

The talks were confirmed April 28 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 has manufacturing expertise and factories that Google lacks.


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