Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moves forward with self-driving cars with the announcement it is joining the alliance of partners including BMW, Intel and Mobileye to develop an autonomous driving platform. The group recently signed a memorandum of understanding for FCA to enter the partnership.
In a statement issued by FCA, the cooperation allows the companies to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources. According to Automotive News, Delphi and Continental are also members of the alliance.
Designed to support SAE Level 3 through Level 5 (total autonomy) autonomous driving, the alliance platform is nearing the testing and execution phase, according to FCA’s statement.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has been actively seeking partnerships on many levels to reduce overhead by sharing development costs. He has been an outspoken proponent of carmaker survival actually depending on sharing the cost involved with technology development. About FCA joining with BMW in the autonomous vehicle alliance, Marchionne said: “Joining this cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are possible when companies come together with a common vision and objective.”
FCA already had an arrangement with Waymo to use Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans as a platform for its self-driving car technology testing. It’s thought this partnership won’t be affected by FCA’s new alliance with BMW.