Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is open to expanding its recently announced partnership with Google, The Detroit News reports.
Speaking to media at a special event for the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, Marchionne said the FCA-Google partnership, which will enable the tech giant to install its self-driving technology in the Pacificaminivan, could morph into something more than just a small collaboration.
“It is a very clear objective and very clear timeline,” he said. “What develops from here, we’ll see.”
Under the partnership, FCA will send a fleet of 100 Chrysler Pacificas to Google’s headquarters in California order for them to be tested at its test track. FCA and Google will soon send engineers to a facility in Southeast Michigan to design, test and manufacturing the self-driving Pacificas.
Google will own the fleet of autonomous minivans and will also have the rights to any data or information gathered as a result of the testing. The Detroit News believes this is what turned Ford and General Motors away from a Google partnership, but Marchione was happy to accommodate Google in the project.
“We need to be able to walk this transition and I think walking in a collaborative fashion with people who have historically been viewed as potential enemies of our business and walking with them at their speed is the best possible solution for us,” Marchionne said.