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Fiat Chrysler Joins Intel and BMW in Self-Driving Car Partnership

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Fiat Chrysler Automobile (pictured, an iconic Fiat 500) is teaming up with Intel to develop self-driving cars (via bit.ly/2i7BFKW)

Fiat Chrysler Automobile — the Italian-American carmaker also known as FCA— is teaming up with Intel to develop an “autonomous driving platform”, namely self-driving car technology.

The partnership also includes FCA’s German competitor BMW and self-driving tech company Mobileye, which Intel acquired last March.  The group’s goal is kick-starting on-road tests for 40 driverless vehicles by the end 2017.

FCA is a bit of a laggard when it comes to driverless cars, at least when compared to trailblazers like Tesla or Toyota, or even to other Detroit-based car giants such as Ford and General Motors.

Indeed, both of FCA’s neighbours and rivals have recently invested in self-driving tech: in late 2016, General Motor acquired driverless vehicle startup Cruise for $1 billion— the same amount Ford invested in self-driving car company Argo AI this year.

FCA, instead, has so far focused on embarking on joint efforts with other companies— the partnership with Intel and BMW follows another recent collaboration with Alphabet’s Waymo, aimed at creating hundreds of self-driving minivans.

“In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote in a statement.

According to Ars Technica, FCA will not only provide Intel and BMW with its engineering chops, but it will also put to use its profound knowledge of the North American market, and its reach across the region.

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