Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the automaker is in talks with companies outside of the automotive sector to develop shared solutions on new technologies, Reuters reports.
Companies like Apple and Google have recently taken an interest in the automotive and transportation industry, seeking out the knowledge of auto industry engineers and experts. Similarly, automakers are interested in the know-how of Silicon Valley as they look to stuff more technology into their vehicles.
“We have parallel conversations with many players who are outside the auto sector at the moment,” Marchionne said. “We can’t go into these discussions with a precise idea of what FCA wants. We’re learning, just as they are learning. And the solution will be a shared solution and developed together with them, not developed by us alone.”
Earlier this month, Marchionne, a self-described “Apple freak,” commented on Apple’s desire to build a car, saying FCA has the know-how to help they achieve their goals in the transportation sector.
“I would assume that we have the credibility to be one of the players they (Apple) have looked at (partnering with),” Marchionne said. “There are parts of (FCA) that would be interesting for them.”