Fiat Chrysler and Google are preparing to enter a partnership with Google’s Alphabet Inc. that will see the two companies launch a new ride-sharing service.
According to Bloomberg, the new deal is an expansion on the previous deal FCA and Google had signed in earlier this year. That deal saw FCA send Google 100 of its Chrysler Pacifica minivans so the tech company could outfit it with its autonomous driving tech, however Google had initially said the partnership would stop there.
Google held a press conference in San Francisco Tuesday to announce it had named its self-driving car project Waymo. John Krafcik, former head of Google self-driving car project and the new leader of Waymo, declined to comment on the rumored partnership with FCA at the event. Similarly, FCA declined to comment on the matter when asked by The Detroit Free Press.
“We do not have anything additional to add to this,” FCA spokeswoman Dianna Gutierrez said in an emailed statement.
The new partnership will reportedly see FCA and Google introduce a semi-autonomous version of the Chrysler Pacifica before the end of 2017 for the ride-sharing service. Bloomberg also reported earlier this week that FCA plans to introduce an electric version of the Pacifica at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, however it’s safe to assume the CES debut might also be used to outline the apparent partnership with Google.