Fiat Chrysler teams up with Aurora on self-driving vehicles

Aurora partners with Fiat Chrysler over self-driving tech

Fiat partners with Aurora on self-driving cars

Their self-driving system, which is called the Aurora Driver, consists of hardware, software and data services that collectively enable Level 4 automation, which means vehicles are capable of navigating themselves without human intervention or oversight.

FCA and Aurora have a deal to lay the groundwork for a partnership to use Aurora's self-driving system globally in Ram and Fiat vehicles used for deliveries and other duties.

"As part of FCA's autonomous vehicle strategy, we will continue to work with strategic partners in this space to address the needs of consumers in a rapidly changing industry", FCA CEO Mike Manley Palo said.

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None the less, the Italian-American carmaker had already an existing tie-up with Google-owner Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo's self-driving unit, supplying Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid driverless minivans, which is now under operation in the USA state of Arizona. The two companies will work together to develop and deploy autonomous technology on commercial vehicles. But the discussions collapsed last week after the French government, a major shareholder in Renault, demanded guarantees that the merged company would not cut jobs or close plants in France. Prototypes could be on the road within the next 3-5 years, reports Autonews Europe. "They're backing off from the aggressive plans they had been talking about". FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies.

The self-driving startup said its Aurora Driver technology has been integrated into six vehicle platforms from sedans, SUVs, mini-vans to large commercial vehicles and trucks. With Fiat Chrysler, Aurora intends to "develop a meaningful business model for delivering the benefits of self-driving commercial vehicles", Anderson said in a statement. Earlier this year it raised $530 million through a Series B funding round, with Amazon one of its key investors.

The partnership is the latest in a steady stream for Aurora, which already has deals in place with Volkswagen, Hyundai and Byton.

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