Fiat Chrysler has signed an exclusive deal with Google sister company Waymo in a bid to step-up its driverless car ambitions.
The two companies have been working together since 2016 on self-driving technology for minivans, but announced on Wednesday a doubling-down on their partnership to apply autonomous software to Fiat’s entire fleet of vehicles.
“Deepening our relationship with the very best technology partner in this space, we’re turning to the needs of our commercial customers by jointly enabling self-driving for light commercial vehicles,” said Mike Manley, Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive.
“Our partnership is setting the pace for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world in the years and decades to come.”
Waymo, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has had close ties with Fiat Chrysler, which is currently in the midst of a $50bn merger with PSA, the